By Our Correspondent
Kuapa Kokoo Limited, the pacesetters in the production of ethical Cocoa in Ghana with a membership of over 100,000 farmers nationwide, elected its national officers during their National Delegates Congress in Kumasi.
A total number of 171, made up Zonal and District officers within the Central, Brong Ahafo, Western North, Western South, Eastern and the Ashanti regions successfully fielded positions of the president, vice president, treasurer, assistant treasurer and other executive members which was supervised by officials from the Electoral Commission and INEC .
At the end of voting, Madam Fatima Ali polled 158 votes and 11 voted no representing 93% to emerge victorious whereas the vice president position was occupied by Mr James A. Kwarteng after polling 87 votes against Nana Opoku Asiedu, who also secured 83 votes after a total of 170 delegates had voted.
On the treasurer position Madam Cecilia Appianim obtained 77 votes representing 45.8%. Yaw Sraha had 42 votes, which represented 29.2% and Appiah Kwarteng also secured 49 votes representing 29.2% and other executive members elected.
The assistant treasurer position went to Mr. Sampson Cobina, who went unopposed.
The Managing Director of Kuapa Kokoo Limited, Mr. Samuel Adimado expressed his profound gratitude to the delegates for a peaceful elections that made them selected new national officers for a 4 years period and appealed to them to rally their unflinching support to the new national officers to help discharge their duties effectively.
For his part, the Country Director for Millennium Promise, ( One million community health workers campaign) Chief Nathaniel Ebo Nsarko, commended both the Zonal and District officers as well as over 100,000 farmers under the umbrella of Kuapa Kokoo limited for their immense support which had earned the company an international recognition.
Chief Ebo Nsarko tasked the new national officers and the membership of Kuapa Kokoo cooperative farmers union to always remain united and desist from personal and parochial interest which would not auger well for the betterment of the union and also appealed to the teeming members to collectively support the newly elected national officers to be able to discharge their duties effectively.
The newly-elected president of the union, Madam Fatima Ali, on behalf of her colleagues expressed her appreciation to the delegates for the honor done to them and promised to team up to work extra hard to address challenges of cocoa farmers within the union. She appealed to members to bury their differences and rally behind them to deliver within their 4 years mandate.