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General News of Tuesday, 21 August 2018


Otiko rejects ambassadorial job; quits politics

The immediate past Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba has turned down her appointment as Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy.

According to her, she has communicated same officially to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Nana Akufo-Addo a fortnight ago gave Ms Djaba an ambassadorial position in his maiden reshuffling when he removed her as the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Ms Djaba disclosed that she turned the offer down because she had resigned from active politics.

“At 56 years, I want to relax and enjoy my family and life and, therefore, I am not ready to take up the appointment as Ambassador to Italy,” she said.

Explaining further, she said she was bowing out of politics to take care of her ex-husband who has had stroke for the past six years.

“I am the one who has been taking care of him since he got sick and I cannot abandon him now,” she stated.

The former Minister has handed over to the Minister of Planning, Professor George Gyan-Baffour who is standing in for the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama who is presently in Mecca.