Chief of Staff Seeks Asantehene’s Support for Affirmative Action Bill Passage

At the Asanteman Queen Mothers’ Day and Food Fair in the Ashanti Region, Ghana’s Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, lauded Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for his efforts in enhancing female involvement in governance within the Ashanti kingdom. She commended the inclusion of queen mothers in Asanteman Council meetings as a deliberate strategy to empower women.

“During your reign as Asantehene, we have seen visible signs of more queen mothers being actively involved in the management of the Ashanti kingdom,” she noted.

“Queen mothers are now allowed to attend Asanteman Council meetings, which is a deliberate effort to empower women.”

Acknowledging Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s influential leadership, Osei-Opare appealed to him to advocate for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill currently under review in Parliament. She emphasized the significance of his endorsement, given the Ashanti region’s substantial representation in Parliament.

“Nana, your leadership style not only inspires confidence but also sets a powerful example for the next generation of male leaders to follow,” Frema Opare said. “I therefore appeal to you, Otumfuo, to add your voice for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill.”

“Nana, Ashanti Region has the highest number of MPs in Parliament, as compared to other regions, so your counsel can go a long way to ensure the passage of this Bill,” she added.

In addition to celebrating Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s 25-year reign and his role in promoting peace and development, Osei-Opare praised his initiatives in healthcare and education, including the ‘Heal Komfo Anokye Project’ and the Otumfuo Educational Fund.

She also expressed appreciation for Nana Konadu Yiadom III, Asantehemaa, highlighting her generosity and steadfast support. She affirmed her dedication to enhancing the Race Course Market and renaming it after the Asantehemaa as a tribute to her enduring influence.

Furthermore, Osei-Opare recognized the invaluable contributions of Queen Mothers to Ghana’s progress, emphasizing their roles as custodians of tradition, community leaders, and mediators within the Ashanti Kingdom.

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