The Ghana Union of Professional Photographers (GUPP) has sworn in eleven-member Committee to manage a National Welfare under the Development and Social Services of Article 24 of the Union’s constitution so to be able to cater for everybody choosing photography as a career and falls under the Union’s purview and jurisdiction.
The welfare supervising committee, which draws a member each from all the ten administrative regions of Ghana, and chaired by General Secretary, Mr. Christian Charchu Kugblenu, were given a term of reference of discussing additional modality, to the already existing contribution and benefiting rules, and to provide that necessary document within three months, to the National Executive Council. It was inaugurated Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Senya Beraku in the Central Region.
Addressing a photographers’ durbar after the inauguration of the Welfare Committee, President of the Ghana Union of Professional Photographers (GUPP), Mr. Dan Jim Selassie, reminded Ghanaian photographers to strive to unionize now than ever. He recalls the early days of the Union and assured his colleagues that gone are indeed those turbulent days, when the Union was fixed in quagmire for lack of drive; saying, “beginning of everything is not easy, but it takes the zeal and resolve of the visionaries in leadership to achieve aims and objectives”.
Dan Selassie disclosed that the Ghana’s photographers’ union is currently going through positive transformation, and believes this transformation will become clearer in the next two years.
“Our union is going through positive transformation; our office building project at Oyibi in the Greater Accra Region is progressing steadily and it comes with photographer continued education structure that will help build capacity of the practicing Ghanaian photographers”; he said.
Mr. Selassie urged photographers to pull themselves together so to achieve the vision and through it, dignity of the Ghanaian photographer. He stressed on media ethics and respect and observance of media law; stating that, the perceived ills of social media disseminated contents, could well be managed, through public education on dos and don’ts and their cause and effect.
“We can’t stop the ills of social media operation, but we can only join it with aims of trying to right its wrongs, because it has come to stay”, he noted.
Members of the photographers’ welfare committee are made up of; Christopher Amankwah, Ashanti Region; James K. B. Sharkar, Greater Accra Region; Gabriel Arhin, Bono-Ahafo Region; Charles Adu, Western Region; Lord Micah, Central Region; Gordor Vincent Stephen, Volta Region and Mary Naquentera, Eastern Region. Three more members are expected to join later from the Northern, Upper-East and Upper-West regions.
Earlier in the day, a 4-member Interim Executive Committee was inaugurated to steer the affairs of the Central Regional branch of GUPP. Its members are; Joshua EkowSamie – Chairman; George Asare – Secretary; Lord Micah – Treasurer and, Charity Gardiner – Organizer. They were sworn in by GUPP’s Vice President, Mr. Isaac Okwan-Duodu.
At a photographer-delegation meeting with the Senya Beraku Traditional Council, Mr. Selassie thanked the Chiefs for their generosity of care for the area photographers, by extending of all necessary assistance that help the photographers in their operations.
Selassie encouraged Nananom to continue seeing photographers as partners of community and nation building: “Nananom; giving us the necessary support could bring out our hidden additional talent that could help boost the progress of the development of our communities and nation”, he said.
Receiving photographers, Nenyi Kow Sato, the Acting President of the Senya Beraku Traditional Council, was happy that the association of the area photographers is quickly manifesting, especially as Senya Beraku has been designated as headquarters of the Central Regional branch of the photographers’ union.
“We are honoured to have the regional office at Senya Beraku; we shall continue to extend our recognition and necessary assistance to you (photographers); you are historians and we know you can help the community”, Nenyi Sato said.
Nenyi Kow Sato observed that there has been instant photo printing machine that some individual photographers use nowadays to facilitate quick delivery of their job, and urged his area photographers to unite with aims of acquiring them for the benefit of the community; explaining that that would stop allowing intruding competitors from other Districts who have those machine to sneak in and do jobs otherwise belong to area photographer, especially, on major festive periods.
As part of the durbar which also coincides with the ongoing celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Ghana Union of Professional Photographers (GUPP), there was also Photo Exhibition held in the dome of the Fort Good Hope, built by the Dutch in Senya Beraku in 1672.