May 26, 2018

A day in the life of a PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR

Mr . Francis Ankrah - Public Administrator

Name: Francis Prince Ankrah

Qualification: LL.B; MPhil (Geography); EMPA; BA(hons) [Geography with English]

Secondary school/s attended: St. Peter’s Secondary School – Nkwatia; St. Augustine’s College – Cape Coast

Tertiary institution/s attended: University of Ghana; IDL-Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; Mountcrest University College

 

  • I got in to my job as a public administrator by responding to a vacancy announcement in the Daily Graphic

 

  • My day usually starts at 8.30am and ends at 5.30pm

 

  • On a typical day, I engage in activities which involve communicating with people in various capacities. I check and respond to official emails; do follow-ups on various committees and sections that I serve on; write or correct minutes and draft agendas for upcoming meetings. I also draft proposals to solicit funds for one event or the other and follow up on sponsorship for our public events that are largely public-funded. When we have an upcoming event at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, I liaise with service providers, tutors of schools invited to events and media practitioners expected to cover our events. This is essential to make sure the event comes off smoothly

 

  • The best part of my job is the organization of a highly successful, well-attended public lecture or conference. As a public administrator there are few things more fulfilling.

 

  • The worst part of my job is having to deal with a deficient Teamwork spirit which I unfortunately encounter in many public institutions. 

 

  • A memorable moment I have had was when I received a high commendation from the eminent Prof. Fred T. Sai for my attitude towards hard work and achieving results. It is good to have your efforts recognized by someone you look up to.

 

  • Outside of work I read novels, play scrabble, do freelance journalism and browse the internet to stay informed.

 

  • My advise is this, honesty is still the best policy whichever way you look at it.
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