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Former MCE For Agona West, Hon. Mrs Justina Marigold Assan Sworn In As Central Regional Minister

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Former MCE For Agona West, Hon. Mrs Justina Marigold Assan Sworn In As Central Regional Minister 

Hon. Mrs Justina Marygold Assan, Central Regional Minister

FORMER MCE FOR AGONA WEST, HON. MRS JUSTINA MARIGOLD ASSAN SUCCESSFULLY SWORN IN AS CENTRAL REGIONAL MINISTER.

On Thursday, 11th March 2021, His Excellency The President of the Republic of  Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sworn into office the sixteen (16) Regional Ministers at a ceremony at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s presidency.

In his remarks, he urged them to provide leadership in their respective regions that will ensure that the work on which they are collectively embarking benefits the progress of our nation, and helps raise the living standards of our people.

The former Municipal Chief Executive for the good people of Agona West, Hon. Mrs Justina Marigold Assan who passed out his vetting before the parliamentary vetting committee was part of the 16 regional ministers designate who were sworn into office by the president. 

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Below is a detailed profile for Hon. Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, the current Central Regional Minister. 

Hon. Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan was appointed as the Municipal Chief Executive for Agona West Municipal Assembly on 5th May. 2017.

Prior to her appointment as the Municipal Chief Executive, she had taught for about 18 years and rose to the position of Head of Home Economics Department of Obrachire Senior High Technical School.

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She held various positions in the New Patriotic Party at both Constituency and Regional level in the Central Region as a result of her hardwork and dedication to activities of the party.  

These positions include a Polling Station Women’s Organizer, Deputy Constituency Organizer for the party in the Agona West Constituency and a Deputy Regional Women’s Organizer in the Central Region.  

She was appointed as a Government Appointee at the Agona West Municipal Assembly in 2017 before her elevation to the position of the Municipal Chief Executive.

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Hon. Justina Marigold Assan is very hardworking, respectful, honest, diligent, eloquent and dedicated to duty.  These attributes have enabled her to chalk successes in the areas of Sanitation, Education, Healthcare Delivery, Job Creation among others, since her assumption intooffice. Considering her background as an educationist, she and some like-minded persons have formed a group known as Ambassadors for Change to promote girl-child education within the Municipality and beyond.

Hon. Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan is married with three (3) children. At her leisure, she enjoys reading, sewing, participating in seminars and cooking.

She is the current Central Regional Minister sworn into office by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday, 11th March, 2021. 

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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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