Ghana Rugby elects CentWest executives at historic Congress
The long awaited congress of the Central and Western Region Rugby Association (CentWest), took place at the conference room of the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape coast.
In attenance was the administrator, National Sports Authority (Central Region), Mr. Samuel Nii Oblie, the Regonal Physical Education Coordinator, Mr. Albert Kofi Bonney, a Representative from the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly Sports Committee, Hon. Kingsley Nana Boafo and Media Representatives from Live fm and Radio Central (GBC).
Also in attendance were delegates from Western and Central Regions including some players and School representatives. Referees and club representatives of Griffons RFC, UCC Spartans RFC and Westside RFC were all present.
In the opening address by the President, Mr. James Nunoo, he commended the efforts of the National President, Mr. Herbert Mensah, to promote Rugby across the nation. He also reached out to delegates to support the sustenance of Rugby by way of approaching companies and individuals to sponsor Rugby Events.
Solidarity messages were delivered by the Cape Coast Metropolitan Representative, Hon. Kingsley Nana Boafo, who stressed that so long as CentWest begins to dialogue with them, they will be ready to support the Association.
The Regional P.E Coordinator, Mr. Albeert Kofi Bonney, in his message also commended the Association for the spate of development of Rugby through the Schools. He also emphasised that in the near future he would want to see Rugby as part of Schools and Colleges sport.
A message from the Metropolitan P.E. Coordinator, Mr. Daniel Dickson Boanya, was delivered by Mr. Gerry Assan Ekumah. He also expressed support to the Association.
Delivering a message from the GRFU on behalf of the President, Mr. Steve Noi (Director and Tournament Commissioner at GRFU) said that CentWest has come to stay and the bond of unity seen in the current executive will take the Association to higher heights.
He said it was the wish of the President that CentWest will be an example of administratve success in the regional Associations and he was in full support of the Executives.
He touched on the Contributions of CentWest to the GRFU and was happy to announce that the Region would be hosting most of the games in the upcoming GRCC.
In his report, the general Secretary of CentWest stated that the Region had a total of 360 students actively involved in the GIR Program. He briefed delegates on the preparations of CentWest towards the GRCC and the GRUPA Tour events. He also encouraged members to get involved in training programs and formation of senior teams.
He eloborated and demonstrated to delegates the management software scrumIT that the GRFU has adopted.
The Vice President moved for the adoption of the CentWest Constitution as a working document to guide the running of the Association.
The move was widely accepted by Congress and confirmed by Mr. Samuel Nii Oblie, the NSA Regional administrator who later swore the executives into office.
In his acceptance speech on behalf of the Executives, the President of CentWest thanked all delegates for coming and also stated that the Association was working towards the forming of a Police Rugby Team that will compete in the GRCC as well as a women senior team.
He exercised his powers to co – opt members to the board by appointing Mrs. Joyce Baffour Asare as women Representative.
Congress ended in a resolution to uphold the constitution and to support the executives to succeed.