Barely two weeks after picking the “AU Gender Champion” award for 2017, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo has revealed that he did not know why he was given the award at the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU.
The award was given to the President on July 3 with a citation commending him for his “efforts in gender equality at continental level as the African Union Gender Champion for the year 2017”.
But responding to a question at a media encounter today on why he deserved the award ahead of other competent head states, he said the President of AU, Alpha Conde, was best person to answer the question.
In spite of that, he said he was sure the number of female appointees in his goverment might have earned him the award.
Making reference to a number women appointees like the First Secretary of the Cabinet, Debrah-Karikari, first woman Chief of Staff, Madam Frema Osei Opare and Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo he reiterated his commitment to gender equality.
“Its a question that I forgot to pose to Alpha Konde, the president of the AU… but frankly I think this is an area that I could still do much better than I have done so far.”
“I have not been able to make the 30 per cent benchmark that we stated in our manifesto with respect to public appointments.”