The Managing Directors of the Ghana Publishing Company Limited, State Transport Company, GIHOC distilleries and Ghana Gas, have been commended for contributing to the transformation of their respective state institutions.
David Asante of Ghana Publishing, Nana Akomea of STC, Maxwell Kofi Jumah of GIHOC Distilleries, and Dr. Ben Asante of Ghana Gas, received standing ovation for re-positioning their respective agencies from loss making entities to competitive and profit-making agencies.
The four, at a seminar organised for all Board Chairmen, Chief Executive Officers and Director Generals of State-owned institutions by the State Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA) in the Central Region, were made to present their success stories to the audience of about 200 people.
The presentations captured the state of the companies before their appointments some two years ago, and the progress made so far since their assumption of office.
Delivering a presentation at the event to share his experience with colleagues, David Asante pointed out that his institution, the Ghana Publishing Company, was on life-support and could barely generate enough revenue to sustain its operations when he took over as Managing Director.
He highlighted what he calls “severe challenges and constraints” the company was facing at the time, and the specific interventions he had to introduce to turnaround its fortunes.
Mr. Asante in his presentation highlighted among other things some innovative things his outfit was doing in order to bring more visibility and exposure to the company, a move he believes can help the company stay relevant and competitive despite the rather challenging business atmosphere it finds itself in.
“The Company has also re-branded and established a strong online presence, introduced a courier service, acquired new machinery and increased the numbers they had, renovated offices and business center to make the environment more conducive and attractive” he stated at the retreat organised by SIGA.
The Ghana Publishing Company Limited is in charge of Gazetting and printing all Government of Ghana documents including Acts, Bills, LIs and CIs, and engages in the sale of Books and other publications. It also does Commercial printing and publishing.
The retreat was organised to among other things brief CEOs and other relevant stakeholders on the passage of the SIGA Act, and its implications on the performance of specified entities.
The States Interests and Governance Interest (SIGA) was created to replace the States Enterprises Commission, to make the institution more relevant to the demands of the country and improve its effectiveness in supervising all State-Owned Enterprises.