Central region

I will pursue aggressive policies to reduce poverty in the Central region — minister-designate

The Minister Designate for the Central Region, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan has pledged to pursue aggressive policies and programs that will create decent jobs, especially for the youth, to reduce poverty among the people.

According to her, despite the many resources and economic potential the region was endowed with, it was of great concern that the region was still named the poorest after the northern regions.

“While quite challenging, especially where some young people may not have the skills required to take advantage of the many job opportunities in the formal sector, the government and its partners would ensure the decentralization of job creation. to reduce poverty to a bare minimum.”

Exclusive interview

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic at Agona Swedru last Sunday, on a wide range of issues, she noted that “if duly endorsed by parliament as the next Central Region Minister, I would work to change the ancient narrative which considered the region to be the next poorest region after the northern regions.

Ms. Assan, Chief Executive of Agona West Municipality, if approved by the parliament’s nominating committee, will replace Mr. Kwamena Duncan.

She will be the second woman to hold such a portfolio in the region after Ms. Ama Benyiwa-Doe of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) since the start of the Fourth Republic in 1993.

She noted that it was unacceptable that despite the presence of many first-class graduate institutions and other opportunities, they had not been fully exploited to provide jobs for the many unemployed young people to improve their life.

“The government will continue to champion the One District, One Factory program and other policy interventions to provide more sustainable employment opportunities for young people in the region to improve their standard of living.”

“One of my main priorities is to ensure the creation of a conducive business environment that will attract many domestic and foreign private investors to the region to set up businesses to provide direct and indirect decent jobs for young people,” she indicated.

Open region

Ms. Assan noted that another critical area that would receive particular attention was road construction to open up the region for development, saying that “many roads leading to remote communities were in a deplorable state which needs to be addressed. attack to facilitate transportation”.

She explained that the region voted overwhelmingly for the NPP and that she would lobby the government to turn its show to the region in the area of ​​road construction to help farmers transport their goods to the centers Steps.

She pointed out that the only traffic commuters were experiencing from Kasoa to Buduburam was a big concern for many road users and investors who wanted to invest in the area.

“I believe that if the Accra-Cape Coast highway were converted into a dual carriageway, it would ease traffic flow and especially encourage investors to come to the region to take advantage of the many business opportunities in the region,” she said. underline.

She expressed optimism that the region would benefit immensely from the second year of road projects recently announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to open up the region for development.

Candidate profile

Mrs. Assan, 45, was born on 13 November 1976 in Agona Swedru in the Central Region and had her basic education at ADC “C” Basic School in Bebianiha and her secondary education at Swedru Secondary School (SWESCO ).

She was gifted with leadership skills at a very tender age in her life. In both sixth grade and JHS 3, she was elected school prefect and was much loved and respected by her peers and teachers. After completing Junior High School (JHS), she attended SWESCO from 1991 to 1994 in high school. .

After completing OLA Training College, she began her teaching career at Bawjiase Methodist JHS in September 1999 as a Vocational Skills and Religious and Moral Education Teacher as well as a Counselor.

While teaching, she continued her studies and graduated from the University of Education in Winneba (UEW) in 2006 with a B. Ed. [Home Economics].

Prior to her appointment as the first female Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Agona West, she was a teacher and Head of the Home Economics Department at Obrachire Senior High School (SHS), Assistant Examiner at the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and Professor of Home Economics at the College of Distance Learning, UCC.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy (MPHIL) in Home Economics at University of Education Winneba (UEW).

Political career

Politically, she has been a strong supporter of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) since 1992, following the family political tradition.

She started from the grassroots and held positions such as the women’s organizer of the polling station in Bebianiha, a suburb of Agona Swedru.

In addition, she served as the Assistant Constituency Organizer Agona West as well as the Assistant Women’s Organizer for the Central Region.

She is married to Joseph Chris Assan and they have three children.