PNC unveils Ayariga’s running mate

The People’s National Convention, PNC, unveiled running mate of flagbearer Hassan Ayariga at the party’s campaign office in Accra Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Helen Matrevi Sanorita Dzatugbe becomes the third female vice presidential candidate for the December elections after the Progressive People’s Party and the Convention People’s Party chose women as running mates to their flagbearers.

Matrevi, 43, is a translator at Human Resource Advisory Limited, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

She has previously worked at the Ministries of Education and Food and Agriculture.

Speaking after she was introduced to the press, Helen Matrevi admitted that the private sector is the engine of growth and, if the PNC wins power, an enabling environment will be created to boost investment.

“A PNC-led government will create an enabling environment for boosting private investment and creating jobs while ensuring that the cost of doing business is decreased considerably,” she told the press.

She also made reference to the agricultural sector as the most reliable sector in the creation of jobs.

“The agricultural sector, given the right attention has the fastest and highest potential of creating additional jobs, increasing incomes, reducing poverty, boosting foreign exchange earnings through exports and above all providing food security for our people,” she pointed out, stressing that the PNC will reverse the trend of high cost of food by introducing a new Operation Feed Yourself programme.

On women empowerment, the mother of one said a PNC government will eliminate all social norms and practices that militate against women empowerment and establish a means to let children discuss issues bothering them.

“A PNC government will ensure that all discriminatory social norms and practices hampering women empowerment are eliminated through sensitization and education,” she said. “We will study and adapt relevant measures that other countries have successfully employed in easing the plight of women such as handling domestic violence in a manner that promotes cohesion in families.”

“A PNC administration will establish channels through which children can discuss issues related to their unique circumstances and develop recommendations that the government shall review and implement.”

She received her high school education at Ola, Ho and continued to the University of Cape Coast(UCC) to read French for her Bachelor of Arts Ddegree and a Diploma in Education.

She holds Masters in Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Wisconsin University College, Ghana and practised as a Teaching Assistant at UCC.

The party is set to launch its campaign this weekend in Kumasi and later proceed to the Northern , Upper East and Upper West Regions to campaign ahead of the December 7 Elections.


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