Today we rebroadcast a townhall meeting held in the early part of the current administration led by Paa Kwasi Sam.Three years on and almost at the end of his term, we need to individually and collectively ask ourselves what we have done so far to achieve some of the things we discussed! We will compare DETAILED records of his regime against former regimes and also profile all candidates vying for positions open for contesting at the GNC this year. Stay tuned….sankofaonline.com
As Paa Kwasi’s first term ends we are reliably informed that he has tripled the coffers of the GNC and also reserved Ten Thousand dollars ($10,000.00) towards a future Ghana House purchase……..
Lakeshore Hotel, Chicago, December 28 2017 : The current President of the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago,GNC, Paa Kwasi Sam , reiterated his call for the community to unite behind his leadership to enable the community finally achieve some of the landmark goals that has existed on paper all these years. The most prominent and elusive of all these goals is the Ghana House or Ghanaian community center project that has been talked about for more than 20 years. Paa Kwasi made the call when he and his executives met elders and leaders of the Ghanaian community at the Lakeshore Hotel, 4900 S. Lakeshore Drive, Chicago Illinois.
President Paa Kwasi Sam listed the following as his vision for the next three years. They are:
• Unity : The President bemoaned the factionalism that has permeated the community and asked that community leaders and members unite behind the GNC. He said “ We are all Ghanaians and there is no need for us to divide ourselves into factions, fighting each other” !
• Youth Empowerment: The president want the youth in the community to work with the GNC because the future of the Ghanaian community like any progressive community, rests on the participation of its youth.
• Town Hall Meetings: President Paa Kwasi Sam promised to engage community elders, leaders and the whole community at large, in an ongoing basis by holding quarterly meetings. This he believes would not only help bring the community together but help to improve relationship within the community .
• Ghana House or Ghanaian Community Center: The President stated that if the community come together , it will be possible to achieve the Ghanaian community center dream within his first term in office. President Sam stated that raising funds for the Ghana Community project will not be a good idea because some people would misconstrue any amount raised as enough to build the center. “Giving members in the community the option to invest their money in such a project would be the ideal way to raise funds for such a project”, President Sam observed. He narrated that at a recent meeting in the community, some Ghanaians were ready and willing to invest thousands of dollars in Ghana. President Sam advised that it would be prudent for us to invest in a community center here before we look to invest elsewhere. He said a community center in Chicago will serve the immediate needs of all community members and if run well would generate enough revenue to pay off investors in the shortest possible time.
Reverend Dzifanu Agbenya noted that it is a good idea to reconstruct unity in the community by way of these quarterly meetings but he cautioned that the idea should not be a nine-day wonder. “These meetings should continue and I pray it should not deflate later, which would be a disappointment to all” Rev Dzifanu advised. Former President of the GNC, Mr. Clement Timpo advised that the GNC must be visible in the community and should not treat the chieftaincy council as a foreign entity.
Reverend Nonoo said “ if we work together, it will be more fruitful” .
Nana Afua Dansua, Queenmother of the Fante Benevolent Association advised that members of the executives must belong to an association.
Members spoke about the need to resolve conflicts in the community. Reuben Hadzide noted that some of the reasons why conflicts are not resolved in the community is that some elders in the community do not like to side with the truth and tell different factions what they want to hear to the detriment of the community. He stated that telling the truth doesn’t mean you are siding with anyone! Reuben Hadzide used the occasion to address for the records,the amount of money left in the coffers of the GNC by the outgoing Nsiah regime. The outgoing treasurer, Evelyn Mensah, stated that by December 31 2016, the council has no labilities. The Final financial records of the GNC as at December 31 2016 were:
o ISF Bank $7960.50
o Citibank $1997.24
o Receivables $19,750.00
Total cash left by the Nsiah administration after three years of service would have been $19,257.74 had they not paid a debt incurred by John Henry Assabill’s regime.
Reuben put the new executives on notice that he will from time to time approach them to verify financial and information as needed for accurate reporting.Nana Owusu Bempah said if everyone can enquire information from the GNC, the officers in charge would be overwhelmed. We noted to the gathering however that the problem in our community is not the overwhelming request of information from our leaders, but the lack of it. Also, if an information is broadcast in the community, the chances that others would request the same information is minimized and avert unnecessary rumors! Reuben Hadzide reminded the new executives that the GNC lacks credibility with the community on the Gnana House issue because a restricted account for the Ghana Community center or Ghana house project was dissipated under John Henry Assabill’s regime.
Some of the community elders and members Present are Nana Yirentsi Bonsu, Chief of Okuapeman; Mr. Clement Timpo, former President of the GNC; Nana Addae Baffour, Asantefuohene; Maxwel Anani, GNC Member ; Naa Issa Samori, President of the Chieftaincy Council; Frederica Buckman,President Ga-Dangbe Community Organization; Habiba Abdallah,Queenmother, Ghana Northern Union; John Abbeyea, former Vice -President , GNC; Reverend Dzifanu Agbenya,Living Comfort Ministries; Nana Afua Dansua, Queenmother , Fante Benevolent Society; Pastor Nana Owusu Bempah , Reverend Dr. Kofi Noonoo, Simon Addo, Regent of the Ewe Association; Rev. Emmanuel Amonoo, Resident Pastor, Church of the Ghanaian Community of Chicago and members of the GNC Executives.
The executives used the occasion to release a press statement for immediate release on the upcoming Ghana @ 60 celebrations in Chicago.