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 In our small ways in every sphere of life, each of us contributes his quota towards the development of our nation. Unity is a non-negotiable commodity when it comes to Workforce attainment of high productivity. It is often said, “A house divided against itself, cannot stand” Abraham Lincoln.

Cocoa Research Institute Workers Union (CRIWU) was formed to provide a common platform for workers to strengthened their unity and give that leaderships to speak on their behalf.

A maiden delegate’s conference was scheduled from 11th -13th April of 2018, with the theme “NATIONAL UNION: KEY TO BUILDING STRONGER UNION SOLIDARITY”. Delegates arrived from various sub stations of the institute, namely Afosu, Bunso and Bole.

The program commenced at 10:00a.m with high profile invited guests, among them were Deputy Minister for Employment and Labor Relations Hon. Bright Wireko Brobbey, Hon. Owusu Twum Ampofo MCE for East Akim Municipality, Mr. Kissiedu Kwapong Director HR COCOBOD, Executive Director CRIG Dr. F. M. Amoah and representatives from other workers union like TUC, GAWU were also present.

After the opening prayer, Mrs. Irene Asare introduced the chairman of the occasion in the person of Mr Joshua Ansah (Deputy Secretary General TUC).

The Executive Director of the institute Dr. F. M. Amoah gave the welcome address to officially welcome all guest to the institute. He express his delight in seeing the unity and harmony between workers of the institute. He reiterated the point that everyone should do their best in raising the name and image of the institute. He encouraged the workers to discuss issues at the conference dispassionately and help build upon the already existing highly reputation of the Institute. He thanked everyone for coming and wished the workers a successful conference.

Mr. Kissiedu Kwapong (Director  Human Resource COCOBOD) gave the key note address on behalf on the CEO of Ghana COCOBOD Hon. Joseph Boahene Aidoo on the topic SUSTAINING THE COCOA INDUSTRY,THE ROLE OF THE WORKER which got all workers at the conference happy and inspired.

He threw more light on the importance of every worker in institute with a reference of the popular story of the janitor (cleaner) at NASA and the former president of U.S.A. J. F. Kennedy.

The former president was on a working tour of the Space Agency. The Vision of the America around 1962 was to set foot on the moon or space. During the tour, President John F. Kennedy noticed a janitor (cleaner) sweeping the floor. He interrupted his tour walked over the man and said,


“Hi, I’m Jack Kennedy, what are you doing?”

“Well, Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon,” the cleaner responded.

To the people he was just a cleaner but the cleaner knew that if he doesn’t clean the place well, dust can get into a machine to make it impossible for the country to meet its DREAM. This shows how important everyone is to organization he said.

His speech touched on responsibilities of workers and other relevant topics to help build a better cocoa industry and made it clear that everyone in the institute was important to help build a better institute and a nation at large.

He thanked the organizers for inviting him and extended greetings from the CEO for them.

Honorable MCE for East Akim Municipality Hon.Owusu Twum Ampofo gave a speech on behalf of the Eastern Regional Minister who was on a monitoring exercise of the WASCE examination of SHS in the region. The MCE was happy to speak as he indicated being the son of the soil. He encourage the institute to produce more of its by-products for sale in the market. He said, it was an eye opener to him when he came for a tour in the institute to see the wonderful by products the institute produces from its mandate crops (Cocoa, Coffee, Shea, Kola and Cashew). The progress of the cocoa industry is heavily rested on the research from the institute he said. He thanked the workers for their audience and encouraged other guests to consider cocoa farming.

The Deputy Minister for Employment and Labor Relations, Hon. Bright Wireko Brobbey gave a speech on behalf of the sector minister. The deputy minister spoke extensively on Labor Laws and constitutional responsibilities of the workers. He mentioned that it was important workers got leadership to help champion their rights. He admonished workers to learn and know their rights but remember where their rights ends is where another’s begins. He reassured the workers of the security of their jobs and that the ministries doors are opened. The minister finally declared the conference launched on behalf of the sector minister and regional minister.

Fraternal messages were giving by the representation of the workers unions present. These fraternal messages were basically bothered on fostering unity and harmonious living in and outside the workplace. They also touched on collectively working together to build a better Ghana.

The chairman gave closing remarks and delegates rose amidst a soothing wonderful traditional KETE drum and dancing for the dignitaries to leave to start the conference activities officially.

Reports from various committees like Credential, Standing order, Constitutional review and Election committee were read and adopted by delegates.

The conference was climaxed with the election of new CRIWU National Executives to manage the affairs of the union in the coming years.

  1. COLLINS OHENE AGYEKUM                         CHAIRMAN
  2. ALHASSAN  MAHAMAH                                1ST VICE CHAIRMAN
  3. JACKLINE  MENSAH                                     2ND VICE CHAIRMAN
  4. CHRIS OSEI ASANTE                                    SECRETARY
  5. BEDIAKO  FELIX                                           ASS.SECRETARY
  6. EMMANUEL AWUKU                                    1ST TRUSTEE
  7. OFORI AWUAH ABRAHAM                            2ND TRUSTEE

The historic successful conference ended on the 13th of April, 2018 in the morning with delegates happily bidding each other farewell and praying their elected officers steer the affairs of the union better than before.

We wish all the newly elected officers well and congratulate the organizers for a successful conference.