- "I was happy that His Excellency asked me to stay on, I must say that I was very excited. I still have the energy, I still believe that even this second term will be better, it is still complementary to the work I do."
Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, believes it is highly possible for Ghana to have a female president in the near future.
Speaking with Nana Yaa Mensah on Sunday Night ahead of International Women’s Day, which falls on 8 March, the reappointed chief of staff said there are currently a myriad of capable women who can equally take up the challenging role of governing the country.
“Do you think you will ever live to see a female president of Ghana?” asked Mensah.
Osei-Opare replied: “I hope so, I don’t know how much life God is going to give me, but I hope so and I think it is a possibility, there are lots of potential.”
Ghana is yet to elect a female president, 64 years after gaining independence from its colonial rulers.
Despite efforts by current and previous governments to increase women representation in leadership, experts still believe the country has failed to give women the leverage to occupy the highest office of the land.
Poised to do more
Osei-Opare expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the confidence reposed in her to serve for a second term in his administration.
“I was happy that His Excellency asked me to stay on, I must say that I was very excited. I still have the energy, I still believe that even this second term will be better, it is still complementary to the work I do,” she said.
Osei-Opare added: “And I am all energised to do more. I think that people should not retire when they shouldn’t retire, if you have something to offer society you should offer society, and even after this work, I don’t see myself retiring into some corner somewhere, I will move as long as God gives me strength and breath.”
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