“Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater”-Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
Every year, the 24th day of April would always be a special day and of course a memorable one in the minds of the founding members of KATH Co-operative Credit Union as our UNION DAY, the day KATH-CCU came into being. What a great day it was, it is and shall always be, Amen.
On that day in the year of our Lord, 2002, after series of meetings and resolutions and finally dissolutions of previous welfare groups emanating from the Health Workers Union and other departments in the hospital, ten (10) prominent staff of the hospital finally came together to form KATH-CCU and thereby becoming its founding members.
The founding members of the Union are the following;
- The late Alhaji Mohammed Gariba (then at Medical Stores, KATH)
- Mr. Jerome Abaane (now with HWU of Ghana)
- Mr. Yahaya Zakaria Cisse (retired, Pharmacy Department)
- Mrs. Margaret Atiemo,(Retired Director of Nursing, KATH)
- Mr. Isaiah Offe-Gyimah (then Director of Administration, KATH)
- Dr. Charles Anane (Medicine Directorate, KATH)
- Mr. Godwill Dzikuno ( Health Workers Union)
- Mr. George Sencherey (Medicines Management Unit, KATH)
- Miss. Juliana Boakye (General Administration, KATH)
- Mr. Michael Asabere ( Accounts Department, KATH)
At a meeting of the founding members at the office of the then Director of Nursing, Mrs. Margaret Atiemo, the founding members pledged and contributed Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH₵100.00) each, accruing a seed capital of One thousand Ghana Cedis (₵1,000.00) for the commencement of the KATH Co-operative Credit Union
With sheer desire, determination and oneness of purpose, within the first month, 106 staff had been registered as members of the Union to form the study group for the purpose of formal introduction to the then regional manager of CUA, Ashanti Region Chapter the late Mr. Hilary Melon.
The objectives of the founding members were based on the following;
- The realization that a lot of the hospital staff were relying on Salary Advances by the hospital to meet their financial needs. The demand became unbearable to Management and a burden on the financial resources of the hospital.
- Many of the staff were therefore denied this salary advance provision.
These reasons spurred the founding members on to move quickly for the formation and outdooring of the KATH-CCU to meet the financial needs of the entire membership of KATH by way of saving mobilizations and granting of loans to members with very minimum interest rate.
Upon request to management, an office near the Procurement Unit was given for the operations of the Union and two Service Personnel namely Miss. Christiana Boatemaa Atakora and Mrs. Millicent Darko were transferred from the Pharmacy Accounts Unit to the Union’s office to manage the transactions of the members. Eventually Miss Christiana Boatemaa Atakora was appointed as the Manager of the Union in 2004.
By the year 2003, membership had exceeded the required study group number of 150 members by CUA and the union was duly registered with the Department of Co-operatives Ghana on 4th June 2003 with the Registration Number AR/NC/498 to operate as a registered Credit Union under the Co-operative Societies Degree NLC D 252, 1968.
Our greatest responsibility is to get all the staff of the hospital to be registered members and also to extend this great concept to the staff of other regional hospitals and clinics in the Ashanti Region and all staff on Controller and Accountant General’s Payroll in the region.