The Greater Accra chapter of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) is no longer part of the mother association.
Some members of the group have therefore formed a new association known as the Traders Advocacy Group (TAG).
Leader of the new group, David Kojo Amoateng, says the decision to create the advocacy group is because of the limitations in the mandate of GUTA.
“Now we can see the calling of people from all corners of Ghana willing to associate themselves with us and therefore the name. Traders Association Group has come to stay and then Greater Accra GUTA is no more”, he said on Eyewitness News.
Mr. Amoateng who was one time the National Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO) and Greater Accra Regional Chairman of GUTA, lamented that more than 30 years of its existence, none of GUTA members even hold a membership card.
He also claimed that, there is not a single success that the regional branch has chalked that GUTA has expressed satisfaction about.
“In this country, we have freedom of association and so if you have a vision and you know where you are going and someone is pulling you back, the best thing is for you to move on. So Greater Accra GUTA has now moved on to become TAG”, Mr. Amoateng maintained.
Currently, five out of the eight regional executives have joined in the formation of TAG.
It is also emerging that five other regions have expressed readiness to also break away from the national association.
Meanwhile, the National Council of Elders of Ghana Union of Traders’ Associations in consultation with and support of the National Executives Committee in a statement sighted by citinewsroom.com indicates that the Greater Accra executives have been dissolved with immediate effect.
This is due to issues including serious breaches of the association’s code of ethics and lack of unity among the Greater Accra Executives.
The General Public, especially members of the trading community are hereby informed that henceforth anyone who deals with any of the Old Executive Members does so at his or her own risk. All communications to the Greater Region should be channelled to the Interim Management Committee (IMC)”, the release noted.
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