Atiwa East MP determined to serve constituents

BY: Arku Jasmine

Atiwa East MP, Abena Osei-AsareMrs Abena Osei-Asare, who represents the people of Atiwa East in the Eastern Region, is one of the youngest MPs in the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic who is determined to work hard as a legislator to champion the hopes and aspirations of her constituents.

Since 2003, the 34-year old has nurtured the ambition to lead her people at the highest level of the country’s political governance.

In December 2003, Mrs Osei-Asare was posted to the then office of the Presidential Special Initiative on Garment where she spent one year on national service.

She worked at the New York University (NYU) in Ghana between 2004 and 2007 as Assistant Director (Finance and Facilities), where she managed a budget close to $1 million annually and had added responsibility of all accounting and financial information for the university.

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Poised to explore the world of employment, Mrs Osei-Asare sought employment at Barclays Bank Ghana Limited in 2007 and worked as Customer Team Leader between 2007 and 2009.

Between 2009 and November 2012, she worked at the bank’s Treasury Department as a dealer before she was elected as Member of Parliament for the newly created Atiwa East Constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). She has been a member of the party since 2000.

In 2010, she contested the party’s primary as a result of the death of the incumbent MP for Atiwa and came in second with 36 per cent of the votes, losing to Mr Kwasi Amoako Atta who is now MP for Atiwa West.

When the Atiwa Constituency was divided into two following the passage of the Constitutional Instrument 78 which created 45 new constituencies throughout the country, she was elected as the party’s parliamentary candidate.

As a woman of the people, Mrs Osei-Asare has an NGO, Waterbrooke Foundation, which helps brilliant, needy students to pay their school fees.

The MP holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Ghana. She also has a dealing certificate from ACI (Financial Markets Association) and is also a member of the ACCA.

She is a product of Wesley Girls High School-Cape-Coast (1995-1997).

She enjoys travelling, reading and listening to current affairs as well as volunteer work, especially with children.

The MP is married with two children.

By Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah