President Akufo-Addo as appointed Justina Owusu-Banahene as the Minister-designate for the Bono Region.
This comes after the President submitted a list of 46 individuals he wants to hold several portfolios as Ministers and Regional Ministers in his second term.
Madam Owusu-Banahene, who was the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive Officer, is awaiting the approval of Parliament following her nomination by the President.
Her pending position was announced in a statement signed by Eugene Arhin, the Ag. Director of Communications at the Office of the President.
Justina Owusu-Banahene is a very experienced politician cum educationist and knows the inside out of the NPP. She is also very familiar with the socio-cultural and political dynamics of the Bono Region.
PROFILE OF HON. JUSTINA OWUSU-BANAHENE,
Justina Owusu-Banahene (a.k.a. Awo) a 51-year old politician, christian and educationist is the MCE of Sunyani Municipal Assembly.
Hon. Awo Banahene was born on April 02, 1970 in Atronie in the Sunyani Municipality. She is not married but has a male child.
Until her elevation to the office of the MCE in May 2019, Awo was a lecturer of the University College of Education, Berekum.
● POLITICAL CAREER
Justina Owusu-Banahene is out and out NPP women of high repute. She was the National Deputy Women Organizer for the New Patriotic Party from 2018 till appointmentas the MCE.
Awo is a former Regional Women Organizer of the NPP in the then Brong Ahafo Region between 2008 and 2012. She also contested as the 2nd Vice Chairperson in the Regional Executives Elections in 2018. The Regional 2nd Vice-Chairmanship position was a straight fight between two party stalwarts – Justina Owusu Banahene and Joseph Mensah, the current 1st Vice Chairman and Regional Director, NHIS. Madam Owusu Banahene, who was initially tipped by many to carry the day, secured 271 votes as against 285 votes by Mr. Mensah.
Her impressive performance did not elude the National Executives Council of the NPP, and she was appointed as the Deputy National Women Organizer for the NPP in 2018.
In May, 2019, when Hon. Ama Kumi Richardson was elevated to the position of Bono Regional Minister after the division of Brong Ahafo Region into three, she was called back from National Deputy Women Organizer to come and serve as the Municipal Chief Executive. A position she humbly accepted and got 100 percent endorsement from the Assembly members for confirmation.
Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene was member of the Bono Regional Campaign Team for the 2020 and the 2016 general elections. She has been a TESCON member and Organizer at UCC between 2001and 2004. She was also the Vice President for the Danquah-Busia Club at Atebubu Training College in 1995 and Acheresua Secondary School in 1992.
Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene is a PhD student in Religious Studies, holds a Master of Philosophy in Religious Studies (Ethics of Religion) and Bachelor of Education (Arts ) all from the University of Cape Coast.
She completed Atebubu Teacher Training College where she was awarded a Teacher’s Certificate A ( 3-Year Post-Sec.) in 1995.
Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene completed her G.C.E. ‘A’ Level from Acherensua Secondary School in 1992 and G.C.E. ‘O’ Level from Techiman
Secondary School in 1989.
Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene had also participated in various strategic training and workshops as listed below;
■ 12th Annual Chief Justice’s Forum – Nov., 2020.
■ Assemblies Permitting System – 2020.
■ Annual Audit Conference – 2020.
■ Zonal Consultation Workshop on National Decentralization Policy Framework and Action Plan (2020-2024) – July, 2020.
■ Ghana Urban Forum -Jan., 2020.
■ Interministerial Co-ordinating on Decentralization Zonal Workshop on the Development of National Decentralised Policy Framework and Action Plan (2020-2024) – Oct., 2019.
■ Project Pre-commence Orientation Workshop for Participating MA’s and Design and Suppervision Consultants. – Sept., 2019.
■ Procurement Requirements for MA’s and Teambuilding. – Aug., 2019.
■ Environmental and Social Safeguards for Participating MA’s. Aug., 2019.
■ Urban Resilience under Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme. – May, 2019.
● WORK EXPERIENCE
Until her appointment as the MCE for the Sunyani Municipal Assembly in May 2019, Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene was a lecturer at the Berekum College of Education. She also worked as part-time lecturer at Jackson College of Education in Sunyani (2010-2019), St. Ambrose College of Education (2010-2016).
Between 1995-2000, Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene worked as a teacher with Ghana Education Service (Addokpe JSS). She also did her National Service at Garrison JHS.
● WHY AWO?