A former worker of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has come out to claim that, of every 10 mad persons in Ashiaman, 9 are possibly former workers of the port authority.
In an interview with 3News.com, Laud Nsiah Laryea, an alleged former worker of the authority, made the claim while stating that most of the over 5600 workers of the authority who were let go in 2oo2 are still struggling with life.
According to Mr. Laryea, the trauma of being let go from work has caused some of the people to die whereas others have gone mad.
"I can say that this issue has affected our people so much that over 600 of us are dead through Tema and Takoradi and it’s so serious that if you go to Ashaiman and do serious study on this case you will see that nine out of 10 mentally deranged people are former workers of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority."
Laud Laryea also accused GPHA of shortchanging the workers who were laid off in the settlement packages.
According to him, 14 years after the laying off, some workers are still fighting to get the monies owed them by GPHA. A court judgment had earlier ruled in favor of the dismissed, calling on GPHA to pay them their outstanding benefits.
"We have been at home for fourteen years now struggling and doing all kinds of things to get things done right because after the payments of our benefits in the exercise, we detected that we had been short changed," Laud Laryea said in the interview.
"So many of them (the affected former workers) have broken down and they are seriously not themselves right now and it’s not only in Tema but if you go to Takoradi you will find the same thing over there," he continued.