Mr. Andy Abrakwa Boateng, the newly-elected chairman of the Konongo branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU),has promised to tackle issues of road safety head-on in the area by putting in place pragmatic steps to minimise accidents that occur in the area as a result of recalcitrant drivers.
Mr. Boateng also laid emphasis on his commitment to make sanitation one of his priority areas by ensuring clean lorry terminals, as well as befitting places of convenience, at all their working environment of the union, particularly Konongo.
He was speaking to this paper in an interview at Konongo, after emerging victorious from a by-election as the chairman of the Konongo branch of the GPRTU.
The by-election, which drew about 64 union representatives from the four recognised branches within the Asante Akim Central municipality, was followed by the demise of the union chairman, the late Kwame Asante, and his vice, Prince Gyamfi, in the later part of last year.
Valid votes counted gave 39 endorsements to Mr. Andy Abrakwa Boateng, making him the winner over his closest contender, Mr. Johnson Agyeman, who pulled 25 votes. The vice chairmanship position went to Mr. Baffour Awuah.
The new chairman however pledged to make the union attractive in the area and also make conscious efforts to attract both new and old members who have deserted the union back into it.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional chairman of the GPRTU, who presided over the election, Nana Nimako, called for unity among members, as he charged the new executives to tap the vast experience of the elderly ones for the forward movement of the union at the local level and the Ashanti Region at large.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Lawrence Kumah, Konongo