Telecom Workers Association of Ghana(TWAG) has expressed a strong dissatisfaction over their inability to get contracts from Telecommunication Networks in the country as a result of the takeover of their job (installation of network) by Huawei Technologies.
“Huawei is enjoying monopoly in the network business ever since it took over the installation of network in the country, our jobs have totally become irrelevant, network providers do not seek our services any longer”. Public relations officer( PRO) Mr Ebenezer Frimpong told Goldstreetbusiness Newspaper.
The PRO alleged that Huawei has smashed down prices of contracts they award the local contractors.
Who is TWAG?
Telecom Workers Association of Ghana is a group of engineers and riggers who are certified to installing and maintaining Telecommunications networks in companies or organization across the country. They also ensure networks are running smoothly and upgraded to provide efficient services.
However, since the Telecommunication giant entered the country, the association alleged that it has taken over all contracts making it enjoying huge monopoly and end up cheating the Ghanaian installers.
The association is complaining the communication network giant Huawei is cheating them in the business as they offer them with meagre payments for task accomplishment.
“Little prices are giving out to us and when you talk about it, Huawei will take you off the project then bring on foreigners (Nigerians)”. The statement of the PRO.
Local engineers to go jobless
The association said again that, many engineers are likely to loose their jobs in September this year since Huawei would take over Airtel/Tigo in addition to MTN and Vodafone.
One engineer would be assigned to maintain a cluster of cell sites, compared to the initial stages where one engineer was made to maintain one cell site of each of the network providers.
“When that happens it means many engineers will stay jobless”.
“We feel being neglected since none has intervened on our behalf”, the statement of the association.
TWAG has demanded an immediate intervention from the Government of the Republic of Ghana to ask Huawei Technologies to increase contracts prices.
They have vowed that, failure to do that by government will trigger their anger against the foreigners, they will stop them from going to work.
Source: Joe Marfo