After the Presidency announced the revocation of Sarah Adwoa Safo’s appointment as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, several names are making the rounds for a possible replacement at the Ministry.
The Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection is a sensitive Ministry that needs the best attention and an individual well vest and committed to the duty.
Cecilia Abena Dapaah
A leading name in the race to take over the Ministry is the acting Minister Madam Cecilia Dapaah. There is a section of Ghanaians who believe that she should be kept there because she is even struggling to make Accra the cleanest city in West Africa as promised.
They argue that she will do well at the Gender Ministry considering her wealth of experience in the public space having served as a Minister and also a Legislator for years. Apart from that she is a known social worker and it is believed she will come to the Ministry with a wealth of experience.
Cecilia Abena Dapaah Biography
Cecilia Abena Dapaah is a former Member of Parliament for Bantama in the Ashanti Region.
Cecilia Abena Dapaah was born on 27 November 1954 in Mpasatia in the Ashanti Region. Cecilia Abena Dapaah is a product of the University of Ghana where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in French and Linguistics.
From the University of Ghana, she moved on to attain other certificates. She holds a certificate in leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a postgraduate certificate in International Development Studies from the University of Oslo.
Cecilia Abena Dapaah has worked in the past as the Personal Assistant of Ghana’s former President John Agyekum Kufour.
Currently, she works as the Water and Sanitation Minister but also acts as Ghana’s Gender Minister.
Another name mooted to be considered for the position is Tangoba Abayage who is the former Upper East Regional Minister.
People rooting for Tangoba Abayage say she is more than qualified for the position considering her contribution to the gender issues in the country.
They say with the establishment of a school that takes care of children and also help protect them, she is the person for the job. There have been several posts on social media backing Tangoba Abayage.
Before she was appointed the Upper East Regional Minister in 2018, she was Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy. In 2020, she beat the then incumbent Member of Parliament and then Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, in the NPP’s parliamentary primaries to contest the Navrongo Central seat which she eventually lost to the National Democratic Congress’s Sampson Tangombu Chiragia.
The Member of Parliament for Okaikwei South Constituency’s name has also featured greatly in the persons to be considered for the Gender Minister role.
Her proponents say she did splendidly with the work she did with the Rebecca Foundation and has also proven her worth as a Member of Parliament.
With her wealth of experience working in the development sector, her proponents say she will distinguish herself if given the nod to represent Ghana as her Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister.