Running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has urged head porters, popularly referred to as Kayayei not to allow any person to disrespect them for the work they do.
She urged them to hold their heads with pride because the work they do is no less important than other categories of work and not to allow anybody disrespect.
“You have proper names, your names are not ‘kayayei.’ You deserve respect like anybody else.
Professor Naana Jane gave props to the head porters in a short speech she delivered when various women representatives of the party paid her a working visit at her residence.
She noted without the contribution of these girls and women, the Ghanaian society will not be what it is today and urged them to believe the work they are doing is as important as at any level.
The NDC Vice Presidential candidate urged the party’s women to turn the enthusiasm that greeted the decision of the flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, into reality and stressed the nomination is not lost on women of the party and Ghanaian women in general.
She said, “I urge we turn that enthusiasm into reality. We all know we can, and yes we can.”
Women, she said, sometimes wish a day would be 96 hours for them but it is always 24 hours, and yet they have so much to do.
She acknowledged the works of the various groups including the national, regional constituency and ward women organizers and the efforts they have made and are making for the NDC.
She praised the Minority women in Parliament for the wonderful job they are doing in spite of being a minority of the minority and stressed this is possible because they are women.
Member of Parliament for Ada and Vice-Chairperson of the Minority Women Caucus, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah, in her speech expressed gratitude to former President John Dramani Mahama for demonstrating his commitment to gender equality by selecting the Professor to occupy the enviable position of an incoming Vice President.
She argued that women always have to quadruple the efforts of men before they are recognized and stressed that Professor Naana Jane’s selection was not surprising because of her hard work in both private and public life.
“We have no doubt that bringing on board your rich experience in leadership and intellect, you will deliver to the admiration of all as Vice President when Ghanaians give the NDC party the mandate to govern the country in December.”
“The journey to the high office will be arduous and replete with many obstacles but we encourage you to remain focused, strong, and courageous until we make that history of electing the first female Vice President of this country.”
“As female parliamentarians, we are looking up to you, young ladies are looking up to you as a role model, and all women of this country are looking up to you to represent their interest in the governance of this country.”
Hon. Doyoe Ghanasah assured Professor Naana Jane the Women Caucus is solidly behind her and will use all their strengths to push her to the top.
She called on all women and men who want to see a change in the governance system of the country to support the history that is being made with the Professor’s nomination.
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