Ghana: Ex Minister rejects Ambassadorial appointment
London, August 22, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The immediate past Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Otiko Afisa Djaba has rejected her appointment as Ghana Ambassador to Italy saying she is bowing out of active politics.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra Monday 20th, she hinted that she would want to take a long break after 13 years of active politics so that she could enjoy life with her children.
Ms Djaba was appointed Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy just a fortnight ago but said she had declined the offer and communicated same officially to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The former Minister has handed over to the Minister of Planning, Professor George Gyan-Baffour, who stood in for Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who is presently in Mecca.
After her appointment as Ambassador to Italy, Ms Djaba was tasked to hand over to Hajia Mahama who would act until the new minister-designate Mrs. Cynthia Morrison is vetted by Parliament.
“At 56 years, I want to relax and enjoy my family and life and therefore, I am not ready to take up the appointment as Ambassador to Italy”, she said.
Explaining further why she declined the offer, Ms. Djaba said she was bowing out of politics to take care of her former husband who had stroke for the past six years.
“I am the one who has been taking care of him since he got sick and I cannot abandon him now”, she said.
Advice to women
Declaring that she had been able to prove that what a man could do a woman could do better, the former minister advised women to be meek adding the need for women to strive to achieve greatness in all their endeavours.
She was of the opinion that the country was relentless on outspoken women but through all that, she had been able to make her ‘small contribution’ to better the lives of women and children.
Enumerating some of her achievements in the past 19 months that she had been at the Gender Ministry, she said she had been able to review some laws including the Disability Bill, with the Affirmative Action (AA) Bill currently before Cabinet.
She also mentioned the Social Protection Draft Bill and the Ageing Bill which were also undergoing validation at the regional level.