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Advocacy For Women Into Power Congratulates Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang

Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman

Ghanaian women advocacy group “Advocacy For Women Into Power” which is a leading group for young women into Politics in Ghana has officially issued congratulatory message to Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang who has been confirmed as the running mate of John Dramani Mahama for 2020 general election.

Professor Jane was confirmed for her candidature on 6th July 2020 by the National Executive council of National Democratic Congress (NDC) party in Accra. This came as a surprise to Ghanaians as she competed with top notch politicians like Kwabena Duffour who is the former finance minister.

Prof. Jane Naane Opoku-Agyemang has served as Minister for Education and also as the first female Vice-Chancellor for a public university of Ghana.

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In the release it was indicated that, “Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang is known for her good services and well respected by all academia’s in Ghana. She has proven to all Ghanaian women that a woman can accomplish every dream they hope for through hard work and dedication”.

In the press release it was also indicated that, “Ghana is showing to the entire world that women are valued and are equally competent as men who have dominated our political space for decades”.

Currently, Ghana has about 12% of women in the political space and that Prof. Naana Opoku- Agyemang’s appointment will help put more light on the need to continue to empower women to the highest political positions in Ghana.

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“We as women advocacy group Congratulates Prof. Jane Naane Opoku-Agyemang in a special way for this milestone and as a women group we will continue to support her and all women who are working hard to attain the highest level in Ghana’s political space”

According to UNDP, Ghana is yet to meet the policy of 40% of women appointees to local government despite the fact that women constitute (51.2%) more than half of Ghana’s population.

Advocacy For Women Into Power is a non-governmental women advocacy group with the vision of “Empowering Women into governance for sustainable development”. The advocacy group is known for their empowerment programmes in corporate and tertiary institutions across the country that has gain maximum support from young ladies who are empowered and taken active part in various political activities.

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To the advocacy group, Ghana will surly develop and women will play a key role. Therefore, the need to be given the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge for sustainable national development.

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We the Advocacy For Women Into Power with sincere joy wish to congratulate Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang for her appointment as the running mate for His Excellency John Dramani Mahama for the upcoming 2020 general election.

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As a woman advocacy group in Ghana, we are excited about this appointment because it shows that Ghana is showing to the entire world that women are valued and are equally competent as men who have dominated our political space for decades.

Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang is known for her good services and well respected by all academia’s in Ghana. She has proven to all Ghanaian women that a woman can accomplish every dream they hope for through hard work and dedication.

With the vision of “Empowering Women into governance for sustainable development” this is a great news for us all as we continue to use the limited available resources provided to continue to educate and empower women across the nation to partake in good governance to help achieve the SDG 5 – “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

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We as women advocacy group Congratulates Prof. Jane Naane Opoku-Agyemang in a special way for this milestone. As a women group we will continue to support her and all women who are working hard to attain the highest level in Ghana’s political space.

We believe that Ghana will surly develop and women will play a major role. Therefore, women in all political parties in Ghana should be given the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge for sustainable development

A win for a woman is a win for all Thank you

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Government spent GH¢40.4 billion on education between 2017 and 2020 – President Akufo-Addo

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“EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION INCREASED BY 95% IN MY TIME” – PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

President of Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

“So great has this government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from twenty billion, seven hundred million cedis (GH¢20.7 billion) between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, to forty billion, four hundred million cedis (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020, that is in the Akufo-Addo era, representing an increase of some ninety five percent (95%).”

These were the words of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th January 2022, when he delivered a speech at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.

Addressing the gathering at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that GNAT is what it is today because of the work of its past and current membership and leadership, and he assured that, under his administration, the work undertaken by the membership and leadership of the Association will not be in vain.

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The President, thus, used the opportunity to thank all teachers in the country for the work they did, and continue to do, in ensuring that the education of Ghanaian children, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has not been truncated.

“Continuous assessment, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident. The nation is extremely appreciative of these acts of selflessness and patriotism,” he said

According to President Akufo-Addo, his vision of a modern, competitive, Ghanaian economy, spearheaded by indigenous entrepreneurs, with productive employment for the great majority of its citizens, requires skilled economic actors, and to get there, the nation needs an educated workforce.

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“Through the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, we are ensuring that value is being added to the intellect of every Ghanaian child. This is our surest way of succeeding in adding value to the Ghanaian economy, thereby helping to create acceptable, well-paying jobs for the young people of our country,” he said.

The President continued, “For us, in Ghana, also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a group of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy and nation”.

Outlining the many initiatives implemented by Government since 2017, he stated that his government has restored, since coming into office five years ago, and continues to pay, teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the previous administration.

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“In addition to the yearly average increase in salaries over the last five (5) years, my government is, for the first time in our nation’s history, paying a professional allowance to teachers. We have abolished the three (3) months’ pay policy for teachers, we have cleared the arrears, and promotions due teachers have also been effected,” he said.

He stressed that to prevent undue delays in promotion of qualified teachers, Government will, in 2022, improve on the conduct of the aptitude test instituted by the Ghana Education Service, leveraging on lessons learnt from the one conducted in 2021.

Affordable Housing for Teachers

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“Government is also committed to the development of affordable housing for teachers all across the nation. The current initiative will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental. I am fully aware that one challenge facing teacher ownership of homes beyond finance is their inability to purchase homes where they intend to retire,” he said.

Through a subsidised loan programme, President Akufo-Addo indicated that teachers will be provided an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country, stating that the Ministry of Education is working with the National Service Scheme on this.

In addition, the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussion with teacher unions to provide more housing opportunities for teachers.

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“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country. This, as we all know, is the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good beginning,” he added.

Touching on the vexed issue of laptops for teachers, President Akufo-Addo was glad the supply of laptops was appreciated by teachers, and promised that the other related matters of concern will be addressed.

“Good relations between GNAT and my government are matters of importance to me, and I will do my best to promote such relations,” he added.

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Source: The Presidency

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