The Ghana Association of Phonographic Industry (GAPI), the cradle of record label owners in the country, is on course to elect a new Board of Trustees to replace the current Board whose mandate expires on the midnight of July 29, 2009.
The decision to elect new Board members was taken after a general assembly meeting held in Kumasi at the Culture Centre to deliberate on the procedures and the nomination of two committees to oversee the smooth running of the elections and a transitional team that will hand-over to the new Board.
In principle, the current Board which accepted the decision to step down in the next three weeks is currently very busily preparing its statement of affairs of its stewardship which will include the association's audited accounts.
The atmosphere at the meeting was heated, but highly cordial that showed a spirit of solidarity among members.
The general assembly nominated Francis Mensah Twum, the General Secretary, Nana Yaw Sarfo, David Anim, Yaw Oxbon and Kofi Asiedu as members of the election committee, and Nana Adusa-Akyeampong, Rev. Mac Abraham, Asteve, Bigben, and Mr John Agbenu as members of the interim management committee that would oversee the smooth hand over to the new administration.
Mr Mensah Twum, the incumbent General Secretary, is stepping down after four years of service to the association.
In an interview with BEATWAVES, he said, “It is time to elect a new bred of leaders who will build on the foundation built by the Board of Trustee.
There are great challenges ahead to resuscitate the industry which calls for new ideas. I have done my part and think others must be allowed to prove themselves.”
It is however unknown if the incumbent Chairman, Mr. John Mensah Sarpong, has plans of contesting his seat, as at the time of filing this report he is still in Europe.
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