The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) Ladies Association has held its annual conference in Takoradi in the Western Region.
The Managing Director of GWCL, Dr Clifford Braimah, in a speech read on his behalf expressed his gladness that a number of the association members had broken the glass ceiling because there were more women than ever in the top management positions in the company.
He said notable among these managerial positions occupied by women was the first ever female Chief Manager in-charge of Human Resource and Administrative Services, and another lady as the Upper West Regional Chief Manager who had been the second, after a lady occupied that position in the 1990s and a host of ladies in enviable positions.
Dr Braimah said the regular lectures, seminars and panel discussions had changed the work ethics, culture, attitude and commitment of the ladies to the benefit of the company.
He said there were instances the association embarked on outreach programmes to educate Ghanaians, and these occasions improved the company’s image as a good corporate citizen.
Dr Braimah said “in times of bereavement you were great pillars in the company to reckon on through your support to the bereaved families in kind and in cash and this showed the great co-operation that existed among staff,” and added “your impact is always felt at engagements, weddings, outdooring and naming ceremonies.”
He said as part of their contribution
to the general public in terms of corporate social responsibility the association provided a mechanised borehole for the residents of Hwibaa, a community in the Ahafo-Ano South-West District of Ashanti Region, to give them potable water to crown the celebration of association’s Silver Jubilee.
The Western Regional Chief Manager of GWCL, Mr Mac-Doe Hanyabui, in his welcome address said the region operated nine water supply systems, made up of four conventional surface water systems and five underground water systems.
He said the region had five districts with total customer strength of 40,191 and an average monthly private collection of GHC 3,637, 663.
Mr Hanyabui said the water demand in the city’s operational zone far outstripped supply due to population growth coupled with the old- age equipment, with the Daboase and Inchaban Plants built in 1969 and 1914 respectively.
He added that the Water Ladies Association had been very instrumental in the company from its inception in 1989 through revenue mobilisation exercise by moving from house- to- house to collect debts and improve the revenue base of the corporation.
The President of the association, Madam Juliana Amponsah Konamah Essiamah, said the association could not meet last year due to the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which barred the gathering of large numbers for meetings.
FROM PETER GBAMBILA, TAKORADI