Meet Frema Opare Ghana’s first female Chief of Staff

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frema opare — As a new government prepares to take office in Ghana on 7th January, a former lawmaker, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare has been designated as the next Chief of Staff for the incoming president, Nana Akufo-Addo. She will be Ghana’s first female Chief of staff since the country gained independence in 1957.

The 69 year old will come to the job highly qualified. She has 40 years experience as a development consultant, labour and employment expert, a deputy minster, and as a two-term Member of Ghana’s Parliament.

As former lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, she managed a department. Ms. Osei-Opare consulted for the United Nations in the ‘Women in Fisheries’ programme in Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya and Namibia.

“Most people who have worked with me know I am quite tough,” she told the media after the President-elect named her for the job on Wednesday. “They also know that I work hard, that I like people to respect systems and processes,” adds the development consultant.

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The former lawmaker promised to run a professionally managed office. “I’m trained for that, I’ve worked both locally and internationally and I know that I can deliver that.”

Ms. Osei-Opare described herself as “a very nice person” in the way she bring people on board, but added that she expects people to deliver once they are on board.

Once a conflict resolution director, the nominee is looking to use that experience to bring people together to deliver on the (NPP) New Patriotic Party’s agenda.

“I will be able to talk to both the grassroots, party officials and be able to bring people together to see a common agenda, an agenda that puts NPP and the country at the centre rather than individuals,” she stated.

“I will be tough,” she said, “I’m ready for battle.”

Ms. Osei-Opare holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Science from the University of Ghana and a Master’s degree in Foods, from the University of Guelph, Canada. — Frema-Leads-Africa





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