The Deputy Registrar, Institute of Educational Research and Innovation Studies, Mr. William Agyei Bieni has remarked that “the work of Senior Staff members in a University is very important in the development of a University. The input of Senior Staff members cannot be overemphasized and the work of the University is dependent on them.”

He made these remarks when he represented the Registrar, Dr. C.Y Akwaa-Mensah as Chairman at the swearing-in of new executives of the Federation of Senior Staff Association, Ghana (FUSSAG-UEW) held at the Demonstration Theatre on 20th July, 2016. He again noted that the efficiency of FUSSAG does not only lead to the production of satisfied and competent members but for the Association to have an impact on the University.

In his speech, the Outgoing Chairman of FUSSAG, Mr. Kizito K. E. Ackom stated that the four year tenure as Chairman had not been an easy one. He noted that there had been good times and bad times but with the support of his executives they were able to surmount those challenges. He extended gratitude to the University Management for their understanding and other sister unions for their collaborative support in making the running of the activities of the Union easier.

Enumerating some achievements of his administration, he noted with great pride the acquisition of office space and furniture which had given FUSSAG an identity on campus, institution of the end of year Christmas package for members, welfare packages, clearance of allowances and printing of FUSSAG T - Shirts.

Several of FUSSAG's challenges during his tenure included attempts to get the Union represented on the University Council and on the Appointment and Promotion Committee, acquisition of litigation free land for members, inability to get FUSSAG office running amongst others.

He encouraged the incoming executives to stand united regardless of their individual differences as this would make them a 'formidable force'. He continued that they should continue to collaborate with other Sister Unions to facilitate their work and defend members where necessary.

In addition, he cautioned members to support the Union and eschew the 'do it and let's see attitude', give constructive criticisms and not allow themselves to be used against the Union. He also urged the Management of the University to see the Union as a partner and not against them.

The National General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Jacob Eshun, who took the executives through the swearing-in process congratulated them and emphasized that they should work together as a team in order to satisfy members and allow the free flow of information in the Union. Mr. Eshun enlightened those present that FUSSAG is a unique Union and as a member of TUC it is the only Union in Ghana which has wholly Senior Staff.

He stressed on the need for the FUSSAG members to give constructive criticism to promote and support the work of their leaders.

On his part, the new Chairman of FUSSAG-UEW, Mr. Kingsley Amoakwah showed his pleasure at being given the chance to lead the Union. He stated that the Union must provide support for their members as ‘'if we fail to support our members, we fail to be a Union'’. He continued that he and his team would foster stronger collaboration with management to address issues concerning Senior Staff, to be accountable and transparent and accept suggestions and criticisms.

Mr. Amoakwah added that he has accepted the challenge and hoped that members will work with them and renew their hope in the new executives.

There were solidarity messages from the National Chairman of FUSSAG, FUSSAG - UCC, FUSSAG - UMAT and sister unions including UTAG, GAUA and TEWU.

The new executives have as members Mr. Isaac Donkor as the 1st Vice-Chair, Ms. Joyce O. Mantey as the 2nd Vice-Chair. Mr. Jones Appiah-Kubi as secretary. Mr. Hector Owoahene-Acheampong as Assistant Secretary and Mr. Frank K. Bentum Oppong as Trustee.

Source: Media Relations Office