A new office complex to house the Ashanti Regional branch of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has been commissioned in Kumasi.
The Regional Chairman, Mr. Paul Staley Esuel, indicated that the association had acquired about 160 and 360 plots of land at Atwima Boko and Atwima Techiman in the Ashanti Region to help its members become landlords and ladies in future, through their welfare and auto schemes.
He said the association, which started with a few members, can now boast of over a 1,000 membership, and hoped to bring the entire members on board.
Mr. Christian Addai-Poku, National President of the Association, commended the past and present leadership for their dedication, vision and hard work, noting that the journey had certainly been an eventful one.
He reiterated the association's resolve to meet the growing needs of its members, and challenged other regions to emulate the efforts being made in the Ashanti Region.
The National President noted that the new secretariat was a reflection of the marked strides of NAGRAT in development and meeting the growing needs of teachers in the country.
"We have proved the skeptics wrong, and have shown that we survive where others fail, and have brought a lot of innovations into teacher unionism, through our tough and uncompromising stance on better conditions of service for teachers, to the admiration of our cherished membership," he said.
Mr. Addai-Poku lauded the Ashanti Regional branch of the association, which he described as a strong pillar, saying the region now boasts of almost a quarter of the entire membership of NAGRAT.
Mr. Joseph Onyina, Ashanti Regional Director of Education, who was the Guest Speaker at the commissioning ceremony, commended the association for its tremendous efforts in working and defending teachers for the past 14 years, and urged the members to work together in a cordial relationship with the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).
He advised against frustrating each other, saying being in different associations did not mean they were enemies and must oppose each other.
The Education Director further urged the two teachers' bodies to embrace each other for the common cause of the welfare and rights of Ghanaian teachers, and appealed to its members to upgrade themselves and ensure professional conduct by championing the cause of their rights responsibly.