Madam Frema Opare merits 2nd chance -Jinapor
Samuel Abu Jinapor, outgoing Deputy Chief of Staff, has told listeners of Asempa FM in Accra that Akosua Frema Osei Opare, Chief of Staff, deserved another chance to serve in the same capacity, because she had distinguished herself throughout the four-year rule of President Akufo-Addo.
Speaking on the programme Ekosiisen, Jinapor, who contested and won the Damongo parliamentary seat in the Savannah Region, contended that his former boss took absolute charge of her office, and also built a strong working relationship with all appointees of the President. She also maintained cordial working relations with the offices of the President and Vice President.
As the first female Chief of Staff in the annals of the Fourth Republic, Abu Jinapor continued that Madam Frema Opera kept the busy business of the office of the President going without recording any scandal whatsoever in the first term of the Akufo-Addo administration.
“I worked with the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare; I was her deputy for four years and I do know that she is a very diligent woman. She discharged her duties by paying attention to details, and her work over the last four years speaks for itself,” Abu Jinapor told his host.
“Due to her humility, deep knowledge and understanding of national issues, and her working relationship with the President and the Vice President, the last four years of her work as Chief of Staff at the Office of the President has been fruitful and she deserves to remain in office to continue her service to the President and the nation. I will be very surprised if President Akufo-Addo doesn’t maintain, honour Akosua Frema Osei Opare in office” the first time lawmaker added.
Akosua Frema Osei-Opare is a development consultant and a labour and employment expert with 40 years of experience in these fields. She 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.
She was a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, from 1976-1982; Consultant for the United Nations in the ‘Women in Fisheries’ programme in countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya and Namibia. She was also Deputy Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment, from 2005 to 2008, under the government of President John Agyekum Kufuor. She was a two-term Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon. She is married with four children.