ICU retains unopposed Ephraim Agidi as Accra regional chairman
His candidature was declared unopposed after his nomination to contest the Accra Regional chairmanship slot of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) was announced, guaranteeing his reelection into office for a second term.
The unopposed Ephraim Kojo Agidi,the former Accra Regional chairman of ICU was retained in office for a second term by delegates of the Accra Regional ICU amidst standing ovation and rousing welcome.
It was at two-day regional conference of the Greater Accra Regional ICU, an event set aside to elect new seven-member executive council to be sworn-in to office for the next four years after the old executives were dissolved.
It was held at the ICU’s office building at Kokomlemle in Accra on Friday 17, 2016.
Mr Ephraim Kojo Agidi, an employee of the bank of Ghana believes he has paid his dues well in the past by adopting the right principles backed with openness, truthfulness and care for all members which paved his way to be granted a second chance to serve.
For him, his reelection into office was a clear indication of hard work, dedication and selfless service which he rendered in diverse ways to support the union throughout his tenure office that led to his victory.
“I’ve been very nice with almost all the delegates especially the workers. I think it’s the workers here who might have even spoken on my behalf because I’ve been very free with them and also since they’ve realized that I’ve been very hard working.”
“As a leader, you must relate well with your subordinates if not you fail, so that’s some of the attributes that I believe have contributed to my election into office the second time” excited Ephraim Agidi stressed.
Highly elated Ephraim entreats all workers to endeavor to abide strictly by all rules and regulations governing their various organizations to “avoid forcing the union to come begging for you alone instead of it negotiating for the welfare of all members”.
For his second term in office, Mr Agidi will serve in the same capacity as the Accra Regional Chairman of ICU with support from the entire membership of the Accra Regional Executives Council for another four 4-year term in office after which his tenure will expire.
He will be ably assisted by the other newly sworn-in executive council members including Ms Diana Bosuh of New Times Corporation as Vice-Chairperson, Mr Thomas A. Atiah as regional officer, Mr Samuel Dzikunu of Holiday Inn Hotel as Regional Trustee, Mr Paul Kofi Charway of Cocobod as Regional Executive Member, Ms Belinda Cochrane of Dannex Limited as the Regional Women’s President and Ms Anita Nyarko as Regional Youth President of ICU.
Speaking at the conference, General Secretary of ICU, Mr. Solomon Kotei charged all workers to ensure the vision of their employers remain notable to them in all ways, most especially if they want to remain in employment.
He said, “The mission, vision and value of the employer should be bound in the hearts of every worker to ensure that their employer succeeds and stay in business to enable them also benefit in return”.
Solomon Kotei implores the new executives to shun laziness and embrace hard work to shove up the union and its entire membership of the Greater Accra Region.
He reveals the new quadrennial year will see ICU working towards building close ties with the Ghana Trade Union Congress to modify its constitution including other programmes to be undertaken to attract news members to join the union.
Meanwhile, Mr Thomas Atiah, the Accra Regional officer of ICU called for pressing issues pertaining to Act 651 of the labour law concerning notice of termination, fixed contract syndrome and outsourcing phenomenon affecting membership to be looked at and thoroughly discussed at the upcoming quadrennial conference due for August in Kumasi.