James Kuunsaana Donkor, Assistant Director II at the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) on Saturday annexed the seat of the Regional Committee Chairman of the Ghana Red Cross Society during its Annual General Meeting held at the Upper West Regional Library, Wa.
James Donkor who pulled 21 out of 30 votes cast went into the contest with then incumbent chairman, Alhaji Bashiruddin Mahmood Yahaya Kutia who also pulled 9 votes.
In his speech as newly sworn-in chairman of the society, James Donkor expressed appreciation to all delegates for the confidence reposed in him urging them to support him to succeed.
He declared to work swiftly with the outgoing executives for the success of the society.
He promised to continue with the ideas and intentions the out-gone executives by working hand-in-hand with the out-gone chairman and his executives.
Alhaji Yahaya Kutia, on his part, congratulated the new executives also promised to offer every necessary support that the new chairman maybe requiring from him.
He urged delegates to accord the new chairman with the necessary cooperation and steer a membership drive for the society.
Vice Chairman’s position went to Mohammed A Niga who run unopposed. Other elected executives were Gerald Ninfaah (Honorary Treasurer), Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith (Honorary Public Relations Adviser), Gyovaa Mansuetus (Honorary Health Coordinator) and Counsel Crispin Ziekah (Honorary Legal Adviser).
Other dignitaries present at the meeting were the Regional Manager, Jeremiah Afako and Thomas Aapore, Health Coordinator from the Headquarters of the Society.
Below is his acceptance (James K Donkor) speech:
” On behalf of the entire Society, from the topmost hierarchy to the bottom and all who stood in elections today, I want to thank you once again for doing what is officially required, for showing your heart and independent-mindedness in an exercise like this.
I am particularly grateful for the confidence you have reposed in me to be the next person to occupy that very enviable seat of the chairman to as it were contribute my quota to the development of the society and to our region.
I especially want to declare my intentions to rely on the outgoing executives especially the regional chairman whose stead I have occupied now that I will continue to work in tandem with him, consult him every minute, every hour, every day to ensure that things are running smoothly for all of us.
I know he has lots and tons of ideas to share and a lot of unfinished businesses he was getting ready to do but for this decision, he might not be the one in the lead but can still play a meaningful role from the back by pushing us to be able to do the work.
So Alhaji once again congratulations for giving me that competition on a friendly note. So on behalf of the team we thank you very much and call on you to let us do this together. Yes, together we can! ”
James Kuunsaana Donkor is a trained Teacher, Professional Journalist, Development Communications Specialist, and a Certified Public Relations Practitioner with vast experience – honed over a decade – in Broadcasting, Marketing, Corporate Affairs, Events, and Institutional Management.
Until his appointment with the Local Government Service as an Assistant Director II at the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, Mr. James Kuunsaana Donkor had managed many radio stations in the region – including, the first FM station in Wa – Radio Progress, W 93.5fm, and Puopeli FM.
He has both local and international exposure, as well as practical experience in the media industry.
James Kuunsaana Donkor is currently a Managing Partner at Kameleon Communications Ghana – Info Radio in Wa.
The 3 Times Award-Winning Journalist is also an Elected Assembly Member for Kperisi Electoral Area in the Wa Municipal.