There has been heavy security presence since Friday at the head office of Taysec Construction Limited in Accra causing an abrupt halt to official duties by members of staff.
According to some senior Directors and unionized workers of the company, Mr. Liam McVeigh, the Irish Consul, who doubles as a shareholder as well as a Director of the company and Mr. Geoffrey Fisher another shareholder and Director have refused to relinquish their shares in the company to Mr. Asuama Yeboa Abebrese, the Financial Director and only Ghanaian shareholder.
The failure to relinquish their shares has resulted in the use of gun-wielding security forces from allegedly form the National Security, British Marine among others to intimidate Mr. Abebrese.
According to these Senior Staff, the armed security men on Friday prevented staff from entering the premises and in the process created an unfriendly atmosphere for work to be carried out.
According to close sources to the Irish Consul and the other shareholder Mr. Fisher, the security presence was a strategy devised at intimidating Mr. Abebrese from continuing working as the Financial Director of the company and also to prevent him from demanding that they (McVeigh and Fisher) relinquish their shares.
A shareholders’ resolution dated 4th September, 2012 directed the Irish Consul and Mr. Fisher to immediately commence separation proceedings leading to the acquisition of all issued shares in the company by Mr. Asuama Abebrese from the two existing shareholders namely: Mr. Geoffrey Fisher and Mr. Liam McVeigh (Irish Consul).
This was to be done in regard to the fact that shareholders would have jointly appointed an independent valuer and that “the accounts of the company up until 31st August, 2012 shall be the accounts to be used in the valuation of the company with the parties having agreed that all subsequent expenses and/ or income on behalf of the company shall be taken into account in the final settlement value”.
As part of the separation proceedings, “the company shall, at Mr. Abebrese’s option, elect any one of the options spelt out in the resolution to discharge the value of the shares of Mr. McVeigh and Mr. Fisher”.
However, the staff was astounded when on Friday, armed security men refused entry of some staff while alleging that the Mr. Abebrese had abused his office and also caused financial loss to the company.
It was therefore not surprising to them when a publication to that effect was made in some newspapers.
The Directors disclosed to The New Crusading GUIDE that Mr. Fisher and Mr. McVeigh broke into the office of Mr. Abebrese, ransacked it, changed his signature form company documents, and later replaced the lock with a different one. It was further reported that Mr. Abebrese upon seeing the mayhem that the two (Fisher and McVeigh) had caused in his office sought a restraining order from the Commercial Division of the High Court in Accra on 10th June, 2013.
The restraining order read “IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Defendants be and are hereby restrained from interfering with Plaintiff office as the Financial Director and deleting Plaintiff’s signature and or changing the banking signatory of Taysec Group of Companies account as well as disposing of or setting any assets and or properties of Taysec Group of Companies”.
On Wednesday 12th June, 2013, the defendants McVeigh and Fisher interestingly, also sought for an order to set aside the order of interim injunction in support of motion Ex-parte to review the dismissal of the application to vacate the order of the injunction dated 10th June.
In view of all these developments, the Directors who have hinted on embarking on a sit down strike today, are demanding that “Mr. Liam McVeigh removes the Irish consulate from Taysec head office as we have all been witnesses to the fact that he has abused this diplomatic status to make allegations of terrorist attacks compelling the BNI, CID and British Marine security to attend our offices creating an unsafe and intimidating work environment. This unnecessary and untrue heightened security breach has resulted in rapid deployment of security personnel into our work environment on two occasions”.
The Senior Staff have therefore called on the shareholders to respect and abide by the 4th September 2012 resolution which they believed would result in a speedy resolution of the matter and also enable the company to move forward.
Keep reading The New Crusading GUIDE for more on this story.
Source: Lucy Baagyei-Danso/New Crusading Guide/Ghana
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