Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Agona West in the Central Region, has been adjudged the Best Woman in Development at the second edition of the Agonaman Achievers Awards.
She was nominated together with Queenstar Pokua Sawyer, Member of Parliament (MP) for Agona East, Mrs Cynthia Morrison, MP for Agona West, and Madam Baffoe Bonnie, a former Assembly Member for Bobikuma and currently a Board Member of Nyakrom Rural Bank.
The annual event is being organised by the Rhythms of African Music Foundation (RAMF) to reward natives of Agonaman in appreciation of their contribution towards the development of Agonaman.
The ceremony, which attracted a large number of personalities, including chiefs, business executives, political figures and members of the diplomatic corps, was on the theme: “Satisfaction In Productivity”.
The Executive Director of RAMF, George William Dickson, said the awardees were those who had excelled in their areas of work in education, sports, entrepreneurship, developmental projects, health, governance, social interventional works, security, and entertainment among others.
Mrs Assan was adjudged best based on her creditable achievements as the MCE of Agona West in less than a year, in the area of access roads, support to various schools and the construction of two new schools at Nyakrom Holy Qur’an Kindergarten and Swedru Salvation Army School, which were both at the roofing level.
The MCE is also noted for giving financial assistance to needy but brilliant students, especially, girls in the secondary and tertiary institutions.
She provided boreholes to five communities, of which two were mechanised, while some communities benefited from cement and roofing sheets to complete their community centres, a new clinic built at Otabilkrom with health equipment and provided health equipment to already built Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in the area.
Mrs Assan also lobbied Hajia Alima, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, to send a contractor to fix street lights in the whole of Swedru, and again lobbied the Energy Ministry and got each assembly member four street lights for their electoral areas, whilst two other communities had also benefited from electricity expansion.
Before her appointment as MCE for Agona West, Mrs Assan was a teacher at Obrachire Secondary Technical School and was heading its Department of Home Economics.
She was the Proprietor of Marigold Schools Complex at Agona Swedru, which gainfully created employment for both teaching and non-teaching staff.
She has a Master’s degree in Home Economics and a first degree in Basic Education, Home Economics, both from the University of Education, Winneba.
She also graduated from OLA Teacher Training College with a three-year certificate ‘A’ and had her secondary education at Swedru Secondary School.
The Agonaman Achievers Awards was established in May 2015 in Agona Swedru with support from a number of personalities who hail from area.
The awardees were nominated by the public for their outstanding contributions in pre-selected categories for experts to review all nominations and shortlist the final winners.
The shortlisted winners are then submitted for public voting through the various social media platforms.