STORY BY MICHAEL OFOSU-AFRIYIE, KUMASI.
A USA-based professional body, the Charted Institute of Leadership and Governance, with its chapter in Ghana, has awarded the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, with an “Excellence in Organizational and Heroes award”.
‘He is fair, plain and says things as they are without fear or favour. His style of politics, to us is unique and such kind of leadership is very rare in our present day politics, and we are happy to choose him for this award’, Apostle Dr Emmanuel O.K Donkor, the General Secretary of Christ Apostolic Church International and a National Executive Member of Ghana chapter of the Institute, said of Osei-Mensah in presenting the award.
He explained that the institute chose to honour the two-time best Regional Minister, ‘after we were convinced of his sincerity and the qualities he possesses in handling issues in his capacity as the political head of this region’.
According to the institute, awarding the regional minister with the “Excellence in Organizational and Heroes award” is worth it since his performance at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council has been tremendous.
According to the General Secretary of the CACI, the country needs strong and highly motivated leadership to build strong institutions for development to thrive, adding ‘it is heart-warming to note that we still have leaders who will do things in the interest of the country and not for a few.’
In the view of the Executive Member of the institute, the problem of most African countries is not just weak institutions but leadership hence the award to encourage and motivate the Regional Minister and other hardworking officials who have shown exceptional political and administrative leadership in the country.
“Having good and capable leadership is our goal and if other countries like Singapore where I schooled and the U.S.A have done it, then we can also do it better. The Ashanti Regional Minister has been one of those with exceptional leadership skills and we believe that the region will be one with a difference and people will appreciate the work of the ARCC under his watch,” the National Executive Member noted.
Receiving the ward, Mr. Osei-Mensah said he was humbled again, for such another award, which he stated will spur him to do his best for the region and country.
The Ashanti Regional Minister was thankful stating that it is an honour for a big institution like the Charted Institute of Leadership and Governance to recognise his work.
Expressing gratitude to the institute, he pledged to work hard to the satisfaction of many if not all. Again he encouraged them to continue their good works and execute them diligently.
The Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance is a professional body with 17 chapters in Africa established under the laws of the State of New Mexico, United States of America, to build and implement Leadership and Governance skills in the administration of duties.
“A leader must have a vision that is common and collective, far-reaching yet contemporary, reflecting the aspirations of every single citizen and the nation as a whole. This, in essence, brought about the establishment of The Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance”.
MEMBERSHIP OF GHANA CHAPTER:
The Ghana Chapter has Dr. Kwasi Adu-Boahen Opare as its Chairman who is also lecturer, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Prof. Samuel Kofi Afrane, President, Christian Service University College (CSUC), and Apostle Dr. E.O.K Donkor, General Secretary, Christ Apostolic Church International (C.A.C.I).
The rest are: Dr. Asare Bediako Adams, Director of Africa Operations, Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance, Prof. Nana Afia A. Opoku-Asare, Department of Educational Innovations, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, as well as Prof. Jonathan Fletcher, and Dean, School of Leadership and Education, Univerisity of Ghana.