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Date: 05/03/2017

A final year student of Marshalls, Ms. Lucy Emma Birago, has been appointed to serve on the Youth Leadership Parliament as the Member of Parliament [MP] for the Abetifi Constituency in the Eastern Region. She was sworn in to office by the Speaker of Youth Parliament, Rt. Hon. Kobby Fabian, in a colourful ceremony upon the commencement of sitting at the chamber for the year 2017.
Ms. Birago upon her appointment will occupy the previously dormant seat in the 275-seat Parliament to consequently become the first member to represent the constituency where her father also hails. The Abetifi constituency is also in the Eastern Region, the region of birth of Ghana’s current president, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo [H.E.].

Ms. Lucy Birago has a track record of social service, leadership and political activism. At Marshalls, she provided key contributions to several events and initiatives as a member of the institution’s first batch of students. She offered consultancy services for the Marshalls Association of Student Affairs [MASA], was a member of the Planning Committee for the Marshalls Strategic Lakefront Rendevous, Chaired the Marshalls Fun Club, among other notable contributions at Marshalls. Her appointment therefore came as little surprise to most as it represented a natural trajectory of her lifework.

Speaking to Marshalls Online Radio right after her appointment, Lucy expressed excitement and thanked all who had supported her. She promised to be diligent and honest in her service to the people of Abetifi as best as she could. She disclosed that she had already met with the substantive Minister of Parliament, Mr. Brian Akyeampong, for the constituency a number of times even before her appointment, but was yet to discuss with him her blueprint for her term of office since her appointment.

As part of parliamentary obligations, Ms. Birago is also mandated to bond with the people, create hope and provide a listening ear. “I have met the people a lot of times and they are so courteous and hospitable. I visit the place often because that’s where I hail from. I have seen some of the challenges and having spoken to a few people I have also heard some of their needs. As part of my work, I intend to conduct a broader feasibility study on the challenges and needs of the community, recommend solutions and assist the substantial minister to help in that regard.” A confident Ms. Birago told this reporter.

Group President of the Meridian-Marshalls Holdings, the parent institution of Marshalls, Dr. Tetteh Nettey, congratulated the Junior Honourable Member of Parliament for accepting such a huge responsibility. He praised her dedication to service and patriotism and predicted that she was destined to excel in her duties both for her innate qualities and the training she has been subjected to at Marshalls. “Lucy is a natural at leadership and service and combined with how she has been brought up here at Marshalls, I am persuaded beyond reasonable doubt that she will set a benchmark on the Youth Parliament in excellence”, Dr. Nettey remarked.

Ms. Lucy Birago has also been appointed as a Vice Chair of the Health Committee of the Youth Leadership Parliament. The committee is currently working on a health initiative called “Ayarisawofie’, which involves providing medical care to the homes of the less privileged of society. The initiative is set to be launched in June.

Ms. Birago is a mother of one, a business woman and a student, currently pursuing a Degree in Human Resource Management at the Marshalls Business School. She is a political activist with a strong desire to pursue a political career in future. The Youth Leadership Parliament [YLP] has therefore offered her a great platform to develop her credentials in order to pursue her political ambitions- in line with the objectives of the YLP.

The Youth Leadership Parliament was officially inaugurated in May 2016 after Ghana endorsed the African Youth charter as a solution to the increasing disconnection of the African Youth from democratic governance processes. The YLP was established by a UK-based NGO in collaboration with other Ghana-based NGOs as a project aimed at empowering the youth [between 15-40] to understand and contribute to core issues and policies, as well as demand accountability for the management of state resources which impact on the future of the youth of Ghana.

Marshalls is proud of Ms. Lucy E. Birago’s appointment to serve on the Youth Leadership Parliament as it adds to the growing number of members of the Marshalls community to assume leadership roles in various aspects of society. This reinforces the institution‘s commitment to produce resource persons that are equipped with the capacities to respond to social challenges. Marshalls’ mission is to produce well-rounded, well-grounded persons that are equipped for leadership and innovation, and with competencies to respond to the current and future needs of society.

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