Madam Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Monday tendered her resignation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, Accra.
She has taken up a new appointment as the ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia.
Her resignation takes effect from April 30, 2022.
At a short meeting with the President, Madam Nkrumah said she had since offered her letter of acceptance to the ECOWAS Commission for the appointment.
She was hopeful that she would draw from the experience and wise counsel of President Akufo-Addo, who is the Chairman of the regional body.
President Akufo-Addo in his response, congratulated the NCCE Chairperson on her appointment, and was confident that the quality of her work at the Commission would reflect in her new role in Monrovia.
“I have no doubt that this is a job that you are going to do to bring credit to yourself, to us your country, Ghana… so I have to wish you the very best of luck,” he said.
The President told her that they both, (he as the ECOWAS Chairman), had the responsibility of carrying the reputation of Ghana on their shoulders, and that it was incumbent on them to live up to expectations.
He reminded her of Liberia’s turbulent past, and the need for her to bring her experience to bear in transforming and preserving the stability of that country.
Madam Nkrumah was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the NCCE in charge of Finance and Administration in 2015.
She was subsequently elevated to the Chairperson of the Commission in 2016.
Madam Nkrumah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and French from the University of Ghana, Legon.
She was called to the Ghana Bar in February 1997.
She also holds a Master’s of Law (LLM) Degree from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMO), Malta, specializing in Maritime Law.
Nkrumah was appointed by John Mahama to serve as the deputy chairperson for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in Ghana in 2015 in charge of Finance and Administration.
She was subsequently promoted by John Mahama to serve as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education in Ghana in 2016 after serving in that capacity after the chairperson, Charlotte Osei was appointed to be the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
The National Commission for Civic Education is an independent, non-partisan governance institution set up under Article 231 of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. The Commission works to promote and sustain democracy and inculcate in the Ghanaian citizenry, the awareness of their rights and obligations, through civic education.
Functions of the Commission are to create and sustain within the society the awareness of the principles and objectives of the 1992 fourth Republican Constitution as the fundamental law of the people of Ghana; educate and encourage the public to defend the Constitution at all times, against all forms of abuse and violation; formulate for the consideration of Government, from time to time, programmes at the national, regional and district levels aimed at realising the objectives of the 1992 fourth Republican Constitution and formulate, implement and oversee programmes intended to inculcate in the citizens of Ghana awareness of their civic responsibilities and an appreciation of their rights and obligations as free people.
It is also to assess for the information of Government, the limitations to the achievement of true democracy arising from the existing inequalities between different strata of the population and make recommendations for re-dressing these inequalities.
The Commission is made up of a Chairman, two Deputy Chairmen and four Commission members. The seven Commission members constitute the governing body of the Commission.
The Commission members are supported by five (5) Departmental Directors who have direct responsibility for the departments of the Commission, namely: Finance, Administration, Programmes, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Research (with Gender and Equality Unit).