Posted by: rumnet | February 13, 2012

MARY TAGBA: Presiding Member,  Who Aspires To Become A Cabinet Minister

Mary Tagba

(published in the February edition of the advocate) 

By Alhassan Imoru

 Out of 137 female candidates who contested the 2010 District Assembly Elections in the Northern Region, only 19 of them were elected to serve in their various Assemblies.

 The figure reflects a sharp reduction as compared to 38 females who were elected to the Assemblies in 2006.

 While only one woman was voted to the assembly in the Tamale Metropolis compared to 64 elected men, no female was offered the mandate in nine other districts in the region.

 In the Zabzugu/Tatale District, however, a 355-year-old professional teacher, Mary Tagba, defied a stiff opposition of three male candidates and one other female to get elected to the District Assembly. She contested in “O” Section Electoral Area and won by 89 percent.

 This feat was achieved despite the stereotyping female candidates suffer from society as well as the lack of support and resources to compete for public office.

 Mary Tagba was not only elected convincingly to the Assembly, but also won the trust and respect of her colleague Honourable Assembly Members in the Zabzugu/Tatale District Assembly, who voted her as their Presiding Member, a position she has ably held to date.

 Contrary to perceptions that women cannot effectively combine their traditional roles with public office, Mary says: “With good planning, I am able so far to carry out my responsibilities as a Presiding Member, a Teacher, and a Wife without any conflict.”

 Her responsibilities at the Assembly include Chairing General Assembly Meetings, chairperson of the Audit Report Committee and Chair person of the Complaints Committee.

 Educational Career

Mary pursued her secondary education at the Tamale Northern School of Business (NOBISCO) from 1993 to 1995 and came out successfully with a Senior High School Certificate.

 She continued at the St. John Bosco Training College in Navrongo (Upper East Region) from 1996 to 1999 and was awarded a Certificate ‘A’ (3-year Post Secondary) on successful completion.

 Still thirsty for knowledge, Mary enrolled at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), in the Central Region, from 2008 to 2011 where she is a student in the Diploma in Commerce programme.

 Working Experience

After her teacher training at St John Bosco’s, Mary taught at the Winkogo Primary School, near Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region from 1999 to 2002.

 She later transferred to the Kyuli Pentecost Primary School, Tatale, in the Northern Region, where she has been Assistant Headmistress and Computer Tutor from 2002 to date.

 Training Courses/Workshops

Mary is a computer literate (all the software’s), having trained at the Bomag Computer Centre, Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo Region, where she was awarded a Computer Software Certificate in 2007.

 In August, this year, she participated in a five-day training in Information Literacy, organized by the Ghana Information Network for knowledge Sharing (GINKS) and the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), United Kingdom.

 Social Pursuits

Mary served as the local Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in the Zabzugu/Tatale District from 2003 to 2011.

 In 2006, she was the President of the Women Ministry (WM) of the Tatale Assemblies of God Church, and Ambassador of the Apostolic Church Students and Associates, Bolgatanga from 2000 to 2002.

 While at St. John Bosco, Mary was the Advisor to the Ladies President of the Scripture Union (SU) in 1999, and Vice President of the Scripture Union at the Northern School of Business (NOBISCO), Tamale during her secondary school days.

 She was the Girls Prefect (GP) at the Central Junior High School (JHS), Bimbilla in 1992.

 Asked what her career objective is, Honourable Mary Tagba says: “To become a Chartered Accountant and a Cabinet Minister in future and to work with all expertise for the development of Ghana and the World at large.”

 Her hobbies include volunteering, counseling, singing and listening to gospel music. She speaks six languages- English, Konkomba, Bssari, Dagbani, Dagari and Twi.

 Meeting Hon. Mary Tagba in person, one is left with no doubt that she is very analytical and innovative, open  minded, and critical in her approach to issues. At the young age of 35 years, and from what she has achieved so far in her political career, the sky is her limit.



  1. It is wonderful to see capable women occupying these important roles. Thank you RUMNET for reporting on such inspiring women!

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