The Managing Director of State-owned GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited (GDCL), Maxwell Kofi Jumah has revealed that he and his family had wanted the President, Akufo-Addo to appoint him to a ‘juicy position’ rather than GIHOC after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) won the Decem 7, 2016 general elections, MyNewsGh.com reports.
Maxwell Kofi Jumah who has been acknowledged by the State
Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA) for the remarkable transformation
GIHOC has witnessed under his management in an exclusive interview with Kwame
Adinkra on Kumasi-based Pure FM’s ‘Pure Morning Drive’ Monday, January 20, 2020
recounting the success story of the once defunct GIHOC company which is now a
profit making venture indicated that he was desolate upon hearing of his appointment
but encouraged himself in the Lord and determined to take up the challenge to
prove his detractors wrong.
The former Member of Parliament for the Asokwa constituency
stated that upon receiving his appointment letter, the President [Akufo-Addo]
told him to go and do what he knows how to do best that’s giving life to dead
institutions and up until date he has not regretted on taking up the
When asked if he will contest in the upcoming NPP’s
parliamentary primaries at the Asokwa constituency, the GIHOC MD revealed that
he is comfortable with his position and will focus his energy all on working
hard to ensure that the President [Akufo-Addo] gets a second term so he
continues to turn the fortunes of GIHOC around.
In touting the achievements of GIHOC Distilleries under his
tenure, Hon. Kofi Jumah stated that his outfit has chalked many successes but
the ban on the media advertisement of alcoholic beverages before 8pm has made
it difficult for majority of the public to know their quality products and it
would have been prudent if the regulatory authorities had consulted the
stakeholders earlier before coming out with the fiat.
He reiterated that among his many notable achievements at
GIHOC include renovation of the office complex, the Media Relations Unit with a
strong social media presence driven by reliable technology, the introduction of
Sales Supervisors and Sales Executive system, the Event Unit, the Export Office
where products are being exported to neighboring countries like Liberia, Kenya,
Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and La Cote d’Ivoire with South Africa office underway
and a minimum wage of GHC1000.
He told host Kwame Adinkrah that the other structures he has
instituted include the introduction of a cocktail unit, the GIDi Shops
(consumer shops in all regions) that make it easy for people to get access to
Also, to motivate workers, he has ensured that ordinary workers nominated by their own working colleagues are included in the foreign trips of the company.
“Kwame, let me tell you this, GIHOC does not owe anybody and
any state institution. We have invested all our monies into the company that we
have become really self-sufficient.” He stated.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Evans Osei-Bonsu/ 2020