Mr Johnson Aseidu Nketia, General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has appealed to delegates of the party parliamentary primaries scheduled for Saturday, August 24, to be gender-sensitive consider electing some of the female aspirants to help shore up the female representation in parliament.
According to him, the Socialists International recently passed a Resolution requesting all socialists members parties to increase female representation in all decision making and delegations.
Mr Aseidu Nketia, popularly known as General Mosquito made the appeal when two female members of NDC paid a courtesy call on him on Tuesday, August 20, to congratulate him on his successful graduation at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College last week.
The two NDC ladies were Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey Korley Constituency and Madam Afua Adoboe, a parliamentary candidate aspirant for Ayawaso West Wuguon constituency.
Mr Aseidu Nketia said, NDC is a party with Gender-sensitive but the zeal to promote that have been low due to the constitutional challenges.
He said countries like Rwanda, Uganda and other Africa nations have had positive and fair female representation better than Ghana, which he said often makes him embarrassed at such international fora’ s.
Nevertheless, Mr Aseidu Nketia said, despite the constitutional impediment, delegates should consider the female aspirants, especially the sitting female MPs in Parliament.
He asked delegates at the parliamentary primaries to use their power to choose the best female, affable and dignified aspirants to represent the party to contest the general elections.
The appeal he said, was in line with NDC decision to ensure that the party has a good number of female representation in parliament.
While appealing to delegates to give their votes to the ladies, Mr Aseidu Nketia said he was humbled by the rare gesture the two ladies shown to him, nothing that, they are the first group of persons to have congratulated him on that manner.
Mr Aseidu Nketia obtained a Master of Science degree in Defence and International Politics at the GAFSC.
Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, said Mr Aseidu Nketia had made a good decision as many people in leadership hardly thought of going back to school to boost their knowledge.
The Klottey Korley lawmaker who said she had also undergone the same courses and obtained similar degree applauded the NDC General Mosquito for going through the course, despite his busy schedules to graduate.
Madam Afua Adoboe was also graduated on the same day with General Mosquito at the GAFSC where she obtained MSc degree in Defence and International Politics.
In all, 67 officers, comprising middle class and senior-level military officers and civilians received a Master’s degree in MSc Defence and International Politics.
Forty of the graduands were from the Ghana Armed Forces and 27 were allied students from sister African countries and other security services.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba