Minister Supports Compact II Programme

Cynthia Morrison (middle) in a group photograph with Dr Antwi-Nsiah, Ellen Dzah, Pamela Djamson-Tettey (left) and Martha Ofori (right)

Cynthia Mamle Morrison, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and Member of Parliament (MP) for Agona West Constituency, has lauded efforts by Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) to mainstream gender in the implementation of the Power Compact Programme.

The Minister, therefore, charged MiDA’s Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) Unit to amplify the Power Compact’s Gender related activities in order to gain more public awareness.

Ms Morrison said this at a meeting with officials of MiDA, who were at her office to congratulate her on her appointment and also present GSI’s activities to her.

Present at the meeting was Dr. Afisah Zakariah, Chief Director at the MoGCSP.

The officials from MiDA were Dr. Cherub Antwi-Nsiah- Director of the GSI Unit, Pamela Djamson-Tettey- Director Communication and Outreach, Ellen Dzah and Martha Ofori, both Gender and Social Inclusion officers.

The Minister lauded the Power Compact’s Internship and Mentoring Programme for supporting female students, pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Courses in the tertiary, technical and vocational institutions.

She urged MiDA to consider adding the Programme Outreach activities to basic schools, and encourage young girls to pursue STEM courses.

Dr. Antwi-Nsiah thanked the minister for pledging to continue to support MiDA’s efforts at mainstreaming gender in the implementation of the Compact Programme.

She also praised the Ministry for collaborating and supporting the implementation of the Compact’s Social and Gender Inclusion Plan (SGIP).

The SGIP serves as an operational and monitoring tool to ensure that Gender and Social Inclusion principles are integrated into the detail design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Compact Projects.

It’s used by MiDA, Implementing Entities (IEs) on the Compact Programme, including MoGCSP and other programme stakeholders.

The Ghana Power Compact Programme, funded with a grant of $498.2 million, provided by the United States Government, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), is being implemented by MiDA on behalf of the Government of Ghana.

The five-year programme became effective on September 6, 2016.