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Cocoa Marketing Company Management Complete Tour Of Cocoa Take over Centres

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Cocoa Marketing Company Management Complete Tour Of Cocoa

Take over Centres

Story:Joe Obeng Yeboah


As part of the proactive measures to ensure that the 2020/2021 cocoa Main and Light Crop seasons are devoid of numerous receipts, warehousing and shipment of cocoa beans problems,the Management of Cocoa Marketing Company (Gh) Ltd, has completed a tour of  its  cocoa operational areas of Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi.


The team was led by the Managing Director of CMC, Mr. Vincent Okyere Akomeah.


Other members are the Deputy Managing Director, (Operations) Mr. Paul Isaac Kwofie,the Human Resource Manager, Dorine Fanny Amartey,the Warehouse and Port Operations Manager,  Mrs.Joyce Poku Dwumoh, the Information System Manager, Mr.Isaac Stough Imbeah, the Accounts Manager,Mr. Martin Asiamah,the Audit Manager,Mr. Samuel Frimpong and the Estate Manager, Mr.John Fredua Mensah.


The rest are, the Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Richard Amissah Ocran, the Special Services Manager, Mr. Ebenezer Ansong Kissi, the Shipping Manager, Mr.S.B. E.S.Nkrumah and the Deputy Legal Manager, Rhodaline Ofori Koranteng.



Inter alia,the team visited the Takoradi Port, the Kejebril and Apowa Warehouse Complexes to physically  ascertain the state of preparedness of all facilities and to find lasting solutions to  problems, (if any) before the cocoa season gets to its apogee with operational activities.



During a staff meeting, Mr. Okyere Akomeah congratulated the staff for their hard work during the just ended cocoa season (2019/2020) and implored them to worker harder to improve upon the fortunes of the Company, as it would go a long way to better their  welfare.


":As you give job orders to gangs, ensure that you also work efficiently, because we sink and float together. Let's own CMC and make it work, it is for us.Let's lick the sweet cocoa seed and not bite it, for It is bitter inside", he revealed.


He promised to work with his Management team to deal with problems identified during their tour of the area and also to confer with Cocobod to  fix the rest of the problems.



The CMC Boss minced no words in comparing the performance of Takoradi with Tema, who have more workers and congratulated the Takoradi staff for doing more shipment than their colleagues in Tema, whose staff  strength is greater than that of Takoradi.


":You did better than Tema, but out of the 11,600 tonnes of cocoa adjudged to be infested nationwide,7,500 tonnes came from Takoradi. This is not palatable, let's do something to check it".


The Regional Manager of CMC Takoradi,Mr. Emmanuel Lynn Eku in his welcome speech,presented a statistical comparison of the 2018/2019 and the 2019/2020 shipments made at the Takoradi Take over Centre.




Mr. Eku congratulated Management for their hard work and noted that "re-roofing of the Apowa Warehouses of Zamil 3,4,5 6,7 and 8 have been completed".




He added that work on the height of the ''dwarf" wall at Apowa is ongoing, whereas the reconstruction of the broken partition wall at Kejebril Shed 3 has also commenced.

Irrespective of the above developments, the Regional Manager revealed the following Issues.




-Deteriorating wire mesh fence at Zamil 6 with block work is yet to commence

- Non functional fire hydrants at Apowa and Kejebril


-Yet to commenced floor work at Zamil 7 and 8


-Inadequate stackers at Apowa and Kejebril


-Undulated grounds and the removing pavement blocks at Kejebril ( posing problems to cocoa-laden trucks and reach stackers).


-Inadequate trucks for movement of sample residue and used jute sacks from Katoen Natie.


The Deputy Managing Director, Operations, Mr. Paul Isaac Kwofie congratulated the  staff for their good work done and added that Management would provide resources to staff to enhance their efficiency.

"Efficiency drives everything'', he noted.




The team finally paid a working visit to  Kumasi to hold a staff meeting and also to  inspect facilities at the centre.

The tour took the team to the Kaase, Abuakwa and Asokwa warehouses.


The Regional Manager of the Kumasi Take Over Centre, Mr. David Castel welcomed the team and expressed the joy of the local Management and staff for the visit to the Centre.


He reported on  activities of shipment made during the last cocoa season.

Mr. Castel appealed to Management to consider the construction of the legacy project (Staff Bungalows), renovate  Asokwa facilities as has been done to that of Kaase and also to supply the centre with a BMC truck to work in the discrepant shed.


On his part, the Managing Director of CMC, Mr. Vincent Okyere Akomeah was quick to announce his dissatisfaction about most staff not wearing nose masks and appealed to them to desist from that attitude , since it is another means of checking the spread of the coronavirus.


He gave statistics which indicated that the Kumasi Centre did not do well during the last cocoa season.


Mr. Okyere Akomeah commended the I T Staff for the creation of the Operational Management System software, which is assisting in the Company's operation and called on all staff to support the sustenance and success of the system, despite the teething problems being encountered.


''Let's put in our best so the system works well for the benefit of us all" he opined.


He reminded the staff that Cocobod  pays for every bean of cocoa and all beans must be handled once and well too.


The Managing Director promised to tackle the problems enumerated by the Regional Manager and also to dialogue with Cococbod to deal with some of the problems.


The Deputy Managing Director of Cmc, Mr. Paul Isaac Kwofie noted that his expectation of staff is to see a change in attitude for the better after the trip to.

the centre.


He advised staff to judiciously use resources provided by the Company.

"There may be challenges, but let's help to surmount them'' he concluded.



Speaking at a Durbar of staff, a member of the Board of Director of CMC, Mr. Anthony Osei Boakye entreated staff to work harder to improve upon their performance put up during the last cocoa season, which in his view, is not the best.


" You must work harder now,because what is worth doing is worth doing now"' he counselled.






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