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  Democracy Comes Alive At Motec

Motec Life-UK  has emerged unscathed after a keenly contested election for an acting Vice President following the leave of absence of Dr Edward Acquah. At a meeting of Motec in Hemel Hempstead, the proceedings were as routine as usual until most members realised that they were individually special assistants to the President or to their Partners in Charity.  Two nominated candidates presented their ideas briefly and an open but confidential voting showed a close call (15:12) and after an amicable hand shake, the winner, Simon Derbie of Northwick Park assumed office as the acting Vice President.

Mr Derbie worked as an Anaesthetist Nurse at Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital after training at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. He is now the team leader of the Operating Department Practitioners at the Northwick Park. He has been instrumental in establishing very useful links for Motec especially with Professor Lord David Alton and he is committed to improvement in anaesthetic and recovery ward facilities in our target hospitals. He played a pivotal role in our linkage with Pramso and MIDA that eventually led to the sponsorship of some African members of Motec and hopefully the anticipated collaboration with the Dublin Order of St John of God and the Asafo project with all the positive hopes for the future of Motec. As a special assistant to the President, he co-ordinated the Dutch membership of Motec that is now yielding the fruits of the first Dutch Consultant Motec Volunteer to visit Ghana.

Mr Steve Townsend, the other contestant, is a surgical Assistant of St Albans City Hospital and a Pioneer Trustee Executive (Welfare Officer) of Motec who has continued to work hard to improve the theatre equipment and training of staff at Koforidua St Joseph’s Hospital and the facilities at Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital.

He continues to work relentlessly towards the main objectives of our organisation and with his friend Dave has developed the co-operate identity of Motec in its emblem and popular ‘T’ shirt. Through his efforts, Motec has been adopted by St Michael’s School in St Albans, a move that has opened up a lively link between the pupils of that school and the staff and patients of the children’s ward at Koforidua. He is hoping to help offer a two-way traffic attachment to Koforidua for Nursing Students in the U.K. and vice versa for qualified Nurses from Koforidua to U.K. when the environment is right. Motec hopes that in future his dreams will be achieved with improvement of standards in the target Hospitals in Ghana.

Motec is hoping to hold an Annual General Meeting on 1st December, 2007 either in Harpenden or Hemel Hempstead. Fresh, free and fair elections will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Fiifi Amu-Darko. Motec enjoys a membership of dedicated men and women who could all easily take on any duty responsibly as the July elections has demonstrated. Sad that there appear to be limited positions in the Executives. The leadership however believe that with the Commitment demonstrated by non – executive members, example has been set for members who may not be on the Executives at the next election to assume the Special Assistant Position to our friends in our quest to achieve our objectives. There are indications that amicably contested elections will be the order of the day to reflect the harmony of a world of Motec which cuts across men of all potentials and nationality, with different ideas, religion and background.   All executive positions will be contested for. Campaigning will not start until Dr Fiifi announcement.

MOTEC surely a winner and a champion of Democracy. Congratulations to contestants, members and friends of Motec.

   Acting Vice President Simon Derbie



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