THE Techiman Municipal Co-operative Officer, Mr James Okyere, has advised members of co-operative unions not to allow their selfish interests to override their unions’ goals as it could lead to their demise.
He said most unions had become dormant as a result of their members trying to pursue their interests at the expense of the unions’ objectives.
Mr Okyere gave the advice at the inauguration of the Brong Ahafo Co-operative Yam Producers and Buyers Union at Techiman.
The union, whose membership is drawn from Kintampo, Nkoranza, Prang, Wenchi, Subenso, Atebubu, Sunyani, Zambarima and Techiman, among others, aims at finding lasting solutions to their activities and the annual glut experienced by farmers in the region.
Mr Okyere reminded members of the union that it was easier for the group to achieve its stated goals instead of confronting their problems individually, adding “like a broom we are stronger to perform our task.”
He, however, stressed the need for members of the union to explore ways of adding value to their produce in order to attract more income.
The Kintampo District Co-operative Officer, Mr Seidu K. Kramo, advised members of the union to honour their tax obligations and use only approved receipts for their activities.
The Techiman Central Market Queen, Nana Abena Kyeremaa, expressed the hope that the union would provide a common platform for yam producers and sellers to address problems facing them.
The Chairman of the union, Mr Rockson Addai, on behalf of the executive members thanked the members for the confidence they had reposed in them.
They promised to work hard to advance the cause of the union.