The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has held a ceremony to bid farewell to one of its illustrious staff, Mr. Mustapha Tawiah Kumah, who is retiring from the Authority after 24 years of service.
The day also marked the 60th birthday of Mr. Kumah, who was on secondment at the Ministry of Trade and Industry until his retirement.
The Deputy Director-General (Conformity Assessment), Mrs Prudence Asamoah-Bonti, who chaired the farewell ceremony, thanked the retiree for his enormous support to the growth of the Authority over the years.
She further indicated that Mr. Kumah has helped the GSA in diverse ways, particularly in helping the Certification Division of the organisation to obtain the ISO-17021 accreditation.
“Remember GSA is always your home and we look forward to seeing you coming back to share your knowledge and expertise with the Authority,” she stated.
Mrs Asamoah-Bonti, on behalf of the management and staff of the Authority, presented gifts to the outgoing employee.
Various solidarity messages from top management of the organisation described Mr. Kumah as a man who demonstrated a rare quality which combined vision and resourcefulness.
According to them, his outstanding achievements and contributions made him a character worthy of emulation.
It was Mr. Kumah’s transformational leadership that the Certification Division obtained accreditation to ISO 17021 which paved the way for the System Certification Department to certify companies to the ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 22000 ( Food Safety Management System) respectively.
The retiree, in his goodbye message, expressed his gratitude to all members of staff and management for the affection showed to him during his stay at the GSA.
Mr. Kumah joined the GSA on 22nd May, 1995 as an Assistant Scientific Officer and later, through the stint of hard work and determination, rose through the ranks to occupy various positions.
He also earned an enviable position as Acting Deputy Executive Director in charge of Commercial Services in April 2017, a position he held until he was seconded to the Ministry of Trade and Industry to be in Charge of the envisaged Ghana National Accreditation Services, where he retired.