Commercial drivers at Odorkor number One branch of the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) of Trades Union Congress (TUC) last Sunday March 22, 2015, peacefully went to the polls to elect executive members to steer the affairs of the branch for the next four years.
After the peaceful process of voting witnessed by the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of GPRTU; Mr Robert Sabbah, his Deputy, Alhaji Idrissu Tetteh, Alhaji Tetteh, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE)of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region, and former regional Chairman of GPRTU, Mr Jacob Odai, former Chairman of Odorkor branch, Emmanuel Kwakuvi , Stephen Nii Boye, Industrial Relations Officer (IRO) and Nii Amarteifio, Senior Industrial Relations Officer (IRO) of GPRTU.
Mr Emmanuel Ankrah, former secretary of the branch, emerged as Chairman of the branch by polling thirty votes, Mr Peter Ala Adjetey as the Vice Chairman, Mr Joseph Ocansey, First Trustee, Mr Kwesi Mensah, Second Trustee and Mr Solomon Allotey, as Secretary of the branch.
In an acceptance remark, Mr Emmanuel Ankrah, the new Chairman, appealed to the old executives to endear themselves to the activities of the branch.
He appealed to the old executive members of the branch to be part of the running of the branch to move the activities of the association forward.
He noted that the new executives, would also not relent in soliciting the advice of the old executive members when the need arise.
He expressed his executive’s gratitude to the branch members, for the peaceful organization of the election.
He said, one of the major policy initiatives on the table of the new executives would be the issue of welfare of members and the reconstruction of the dilapidated Odorkor Lorry Terminal in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
Advising the newly elected executives after their swearing -in , the MCE for Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly , Alhaji Tetteh, urged the old executive members to support the new members to enable them to deliver.
He said, election was not a means to an end for the branch, but what is important for members is to solidly support the executives to deliver.
He appealed to the rank and file of the executives and members to avoid petty bickering and move the operations of the association forward.
He reminded the executive members to be mindful of the clause contained in the Constitution of the GPRTU that bars them under no circumstance to divulge the association’s information to the public.
He appealed to them not to break the oath, even in their dealings with members of the association.
He reminded that when they break the oath, there was a price to pay and took the opportunity to congratulate the members for the peaceful organization of the elections.
He further appealed to the regional Chairman to maintain the peace in the region.