President Akufo-Addo is set to appoint Dr Isaac Owusu-Mensah as Director of Research at the Presidency.
According to asaaseradio.com, the Research Directorate is expected to be revamped following the scrapping of the Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry in Nana Addo’s second term.
The Directorate will be responsible for monitoring and assessing all offices of the President, his ministers and other presidential appointees to ensure that government policies being implemented are efficient, effective and meet their targets.
Also, the Research Directorate will monitor and assess all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, conduct surveys to test the viability and impact of government policies, and gauge public opinion.
Dr Isaac Owusu-Mensah is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, a position he has held since February 2016. He was first appointed a lecturer in the department in 2011.
He received his O-level education at the Business Secondary School in Tamale and proceeded to Apam Secondary School, where he took his A-levels.
Between 1993 and 1997, he studied for his Bachelor of Arts (with honours) in political science with philosophy at the University of Ghana.
In 2003 Dr Owusu-Mensah completed an MPhil in political science, also at the University of Ghana. In 2009, the same university conferred a doctorate in philosophy and political science on him.
He has several publications to his credit, including The Judiciary and Democracy in Ghana’s Fourth Republic; The Poor Paying for the Rich: The Politics of Inequality in Water Pricing-Structure in Ghana; Parliamentary Caucuses in Ghana’s Fourth Republic: Challenges and Recommendations.
He has co-authored many other publications, such as Mediating the Dagbon Chieftaincy Conflict: The Eminent Chief Approach and Ghana’s Transition Act and the 2013 Transition.
As part of his contribution to academia and society as a whole, Dr Owusu-Mensah has provided extensive services and made presentations at conferences from 2012 to date.
He serves as a member of two national boards and one council, namely the ELEF Scholarship Scheme, the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and the Koforidua Technical University Council.