The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is to ratify its amended constitution at its 1st Biennial Conference in Cape Coast from October 12 – 13. The constitutional amendments followed the decision of the last congress of the Union in Cape Coast which resolved that the constitution be amended to allow for a universal suffrage of the Union’s members.
In line with this, a constitutional amendment committee led by Lawyer Papa Danquah of the T.U.C was set up to ensure the recommended amendments. After extensive consultation and review, all is set for the ratification of the constitution at the conference.
In addition to the universal suffrage of all card bearing members, another significant amendment in the constitution is the reservation of the reservation of the position of second vice president to women, the creation of a position for National Youth Organizer and a National Women’s Organizer to ensure the enhanced gender balance in the Union.
In the view of the MUSIGA President, Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour, “This conference is one of the steps the Union is taking to ensure that leadership is closer to members nationally. It will also pave the way for the universal suffrage for all members of the Union. All card bearing members of the Union who have paid their dues for two consecutive years will be entitled to vote in our elections next year.” He added, “I really look forward to meeting our national leadership since this is the last time I will be addressing the Union in that conference setting.”
The conference is expected to among other things, ratify the amended constitution of the Union and discuss some policy issues among others. In addition, it will also review the roadmap for the MUSIGA elections next year which will usher in a new president with the completion of Obour’s two term limit as president.
In all over fifty delegates from all over the country are expected to participate in the conference and other associations in the creative arts are expected to deliver solidarity messages.
MUSIGA which was established in 1974 is affiliated to the TUC and is a member of the Union of Informal Workers Association (UNIWA). The Union has over four thousand members nationally with regional branches.