The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba on April 20, 2018, received a special award for Promoting Gender Equality in Ghana and Africa at large.

The Africa Public Sector Conference and Awards (APSCA) is an initiative geared towards honoring Africa’s top public servants, key decision makers, stakeholders in government and private sector for their efforts towards the development and growth of their countries.

The award was presented to her during the Africa Public Sector Conference and Awards ceremony which took place in Kigali, Rwanda.

Ghana's Gender Minister was awarded in recognition of her contributions to the empowerment of women and girls in Africa.

Otiko Afisah Djaba who also received another award on behalf of the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo for also empowering women and girls, expressed her appreciation to staff of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for their hard work and dedication to achieving the mandate of the Ministry. 

She stated the Ministry will not relent in ensuring no one is left out or behind in the development of Ghana.

"It’s by Grace and the support of people like you. My Ministry also won an award and our First Lady Rebecca was also given an Award for her contribution in Empowering women and children. So I received it on her behalf as she is in London with the President for the Commonwealth Heads of State Forum. 

"I felt very proud because Ghana won the most awards" the Gender Minister stated.

 Ms Otiko revealed MOGCSP has submitted to Cabinet the Affirmative Action Bill which soon will be laid before Parliament for passage. The passage of the Bill she said will ensure gender equality in decision making and inclusive governance in Ghana.

Africa Public Sector Conference and Awards (APSCA) night also saw the Chief Executive Officers of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Public Procurement Authority receiving awards for their contributions to the development of Ghana. 

The Africa Public Sector Conference and Awards brought together leaders in the public and private sectors with opportunities to build partnerships, share insights on strategies, policies and best practices that will drive more efficient and smarter publications services in Africa.

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