Ms. Otiko Afisa Djaba, the immediate past Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has rejected President Akufo-Addo’s Ambassadorial Position in Italy and says she is bowing out of active politics.
Ms. Otiko Afisa Djaba in an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic hinted that she would want to take a long break after 13 years of active politics so that she could enjoy life with her children.
Ms. Otiko Afisa Djaba was appointed Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy just 2 weeks ago but said she had declined the offer and communicated same officially to President Akufo-Addo.
The former Minister has handed over to the Minister of Planning, Professor George Gyan-Baffour, who stood in for Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who is presently in Mecca.
After her appointment as Ambassador to Italy, Ms. Otiko Afisa Djaba was tasked to hand over to Hajia Mahama who would act until the new minister-designate for of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Cynthia Morrison is vetted by Parliament.
“At 56 years, I want to relax and enjoy my family and life and therefore, I am not ready to take up the appointment as Ambassador to Italy”, she said.
Explaining further why she declined the offer, Ms. Djaba said she was bowing out of politics to take care of her former husband who had a stroke for the past six years.
“I am the one who has been taking care of him since he got sick and I cannot abandon him now”, she said.