The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has honoured the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, aka ‘Napo’, for his hard work, dedication and unique leadership qualities. In a citation presented to him at the National UTAG Conference, the association described Napo as a leader, who can easily sail through in good and bad times, and thus deserved commendation and support from all.
The citation, which was read by the outgoing UTAG National President, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah, also praised the minister for being a listening and visionary leader, whose expertise had helped to uplift the standards of education in the country. Part of the citation read “You have proven to be a true friend of the UTAG fraternity. Your composure in times of crisis situations sets you apart as a true leader.
“There is no doubt that your ministry is one of the most challenging entities at this time in Ghana. Many are those who have gone ahead of you, who did not survive this long in office. “And it is not though your tenure has been without the usual hues and cries that characterise the sector. The difference is how you have handled them”, Dr. Opoku Mensah stated.
He added “Your ready-to-engage-and-explain strategy, coupled with your readiness to listen and learn has really been the bedrock of your success. “Even though you are part of government, you have always maintained a soft paw for UTAG during negotiations for better conditions of service for our members. “The National Executive Committee of UTAG presents this token to you in appreciation of your extraordinary support for our course”.