"We Are More Poised And Challenged To More For Teachers In Greater Accra Region" - Ransford Lolih
The Reinstated Regional Chairman for Greater Accra Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Ransford Kofi Nsiah Lolih has assured delegates that his government is more poised and challenged to do more for teachers in the region in his second term in office.
According to him, his government is more than committed to justify the confidence reposed on them.
Speaking at the swearing-in of new executives at the just ended Greater Accra Regional GNAT Elections, he said "In fact, the future is brighter. We are now more poised and challenged to do more for the teachers in the Greater Accra Region. We are more than committed and resolute to justify the confidence reposed in us"
He also added that not only did the delegates vote him into office but they voted for truthfulness, integrity, and all-inclusive participation in the union democratic space.
The Regional Chairman was confident that his re-election into office is for the betterment and progress of Greater Accra GNAT.
"Our doors are opened to all forms of suggestions and constructive criticisms to help shape this mandate into positive developments for the betterment of our dear members in the region" he noted.
In an exclusive interview with Thinknewsonline.com, the Regional Chairman said "We have delivered. Our colleagues have seen what we have done therefore, they have renewed our mandate, our second term. For now, I can say that we have laid the foundation. Together with the team that is going now, we have been able to lay a good foundation to build on"
Speaking on development projects, he explains that the constitution mandates the executives to touch lives adding that the focus for his second term is on how to improve the livelihood of teachers.
He also revealed that in his first term, his government could not embark on enough visitations to school however, his government will ensure that is being done in his second term.
"Internal wranglings are some of the things that came about because as the Regional Chairman and my executives, we thought that we had to work in unity and harmony and then we had to also ensure that our names are not dented so there were some activities that were on-going that some people thought that it was the other of the day"
Responding to the government's 100,000 infrastructure for teachers, he said "Well, when politicians talk, we have to try and ask ourselves that what has been the residence of such statements or promises. We have affordable houses all over that some are being developed. When they develop it and teachers move in to go and buy, they are not getting it. Tema has one, other places, we have these structures there"
He hinted that if teachers are not being considered, such promises on platforms will be considered as rhetoric.
He urged all members who might not have supported any member of the newly elected executive to still come on board since the union, GNAT is the winner.
The Regional Chairman was highly indebted to all individuals, committee members, and delegates who played various roles in ensuring that the conference was successful.
After a three-day Regional Conference in Accra, delegates from the Greater Accra Region of GNAT elected into office new leaders whom they believe will help steer the affairs of the Institution for the next four years.
The fiercely contested elections saw some big shots losing their seat whiles some incumbents maintained theirs.
Although the elections started very late, the delegates queued up in their numbers and voted for their favorite candidates.
Representative to the National Executive, Enor Yaa Asor-Kyei told Thinknewsonline.com, although she contested unopposed, she recorded 2 rejected ballots after the elections.
"It means that we have to work harder for the Greater Accra GNAT. In fact, I went unopposed even with that I had 18 no votes, 2 rejected, and 251 yes. It means that not everybody likes you so whatever that went on that was not good, I will improve on it"
She charged the national executive to be proactive with the concerns of teachers adding that the agitations tell, things are not going well.
Madam Oye Wiredu said "Yes, my competitor gave me a run for my money but because I am a woman, they were thinking that as for women, I cannot compete because he is the incumbent as well but I really fought him. I started long before they asked us to file. I made underground checks before I came out"
She assured teachers that there will be quality, dedication, and loyalty under her tenure.
Speaking on the 4%, she hinted that although it is not good, she trusts the leadership to work on improving it to a much better percentage.
Aside from the swearing-in of the Regional Chairman, other executives also committed to serving GNAT in the best interest of the organization and the people.
Some Executives who won include;
Sarah Oye Owiredu - Vice Chairman
Philip Sakpetey - Treasure
Maxwell Inkoom - Trustee
Jonathan Daitey Agorvor - Youth Coordinator
Michael Austen Kuglenu - Trustee to the Teachers Fund Board
Ruth Amoako - GNATLAS Coordinator
Ferguson Kwame Atseku - Basic School Rep
Edith Otchere - SHS/SHTS Rep
Rejoice Asiwone Agudah - Educational Admin Rep
Eno Yaa Asor-Kyei - Representative to the National Executive
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith