The Ag. Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme in charge of Administration and Finance, Gifty Oware-Aboagye, has on behalf of the Scheme congratulated its Ag. Executive Director, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, for winning the Young CEO of the year at the 8th Ghana Entrepreneurs & Corporate Executive Awards.

The annual award which was organized in Accra by the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana on Saturday at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel is an exclusive awards aimed at recognizing the significance of Ghanaian entrepreneurs in Small, Medium and Large Enterprises (SMLEs) in sustaining economic growth, increasing trade, generating employment and creating new entrepreneurs in Ghana.

Hon. Ussif, who was awarded at the ceremony was appointed as the Ag. Executive Director of the Scheme by the President on the 6th of February 2017 to oversee the affairs of the Scheme.

The Scheme under the leadership of Hon. Ussif, has seen magnificent transformation within a year of office. He has been able to implement strategic projects to ensure the Scheme’s reputation is restored after it was hit by a scandal some few years back.

The agricultural sector of the Scheme is currently doing good after that sector was abandoned by his predecessor. The Scheme last year cultivated over 1000 acres of land across the country and looks forward into doing more this year. The animal husbandry was not left out. The Scheme owns over 20,000 poultry birds, close to a 100 pigs, rabbits, goats, tilapia and cat fishes.

The Scheme introduced an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Module which will recruit 500 Personnel, equip them with entrepreneurship skills, help them draft a business proposal and also help them acquire capital to enable them set up businesses and also recruit other people.

The Scheme this year introduced a paperless system which enables tertiary institutions to send and receive data of students to the Scheme online, service registration online, submission of identification cards online and also apply for service certificate or attestation online.

The paperless system will also check fraudulent activities such as impersonation, presentation of fake documents and the elimination of ghost names among others.

The Scheme under the leadership of Hon. Ussif has purchased a rig and will soon kickstart the Rig Community Water Project. This project will enable the Scheme drill boreholes at deprived communities with water issues which will ease the stress Personnel posted to such areas go through to serve mother Ghana.

Hon. Ussif upon assuming Office last year, organized a Stakeholders’ Conference with user agencies of the Scheme to listen to their concerns. Concerns from the Conference resulted in the Scheme kickstarting a nationwide Capacity Program for 2017-18 Service Personnel to equip them with the needed skills and techniques in IT, career development skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills and corporate ethical values.

Gifty Oware-Aboagye believes her hardworking Boss who is also known for his humility has honored the Scheme with his exemplary leadership and believes more recognition will come his way and that of the Scheme in years ahead.

The Minister for Education, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh popularly known as NAPO as the Best Minister of the year for his outstanding role for the effective implementation of the flagship policy, Free Senior High School.

Other winners were, John Peter Amewu – Minister for Land and Natural Resources, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, Dr. Felix Anyah – CEO of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital etc.

Dr. Daniel McKorley, Group Chairman McDan Group of Companies won the ultimate Overall Best Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Below are the full list of winners:

COPORATE EXECUTIVES

Mrs Emelia Adjei Ohene-Kena, Managing Director Royal Crown Packaging Limited

Best Packaging Industry CEO of the Year, 2017

Mr Mustapha Ussif, Executive Director National Service Scheme

Best Young CEO of the Year (Public Sector), 2017

Yoofi Grant, Chief Executive Officer Ghana Investment Promotion Centre

Best Business and Investment Service CEO of the Year (Public Sector), 2017

Samuel Sakyi-Hyde, Chief Executive Officer Unicredit Ghana Limited

Best Non-Bank Financial Services CEO of the Year

Solomon Lartey, Chief Executive Officer Activa International Insurance Limited

Best Insurance Services CEO of the Year

Ken Ashigbe, Immediate Past Managing Director Graphic Communications Group Limited

Best Media Communications CEO of the Year

Patience E. Akyianu, Managing Director Barclays Bank of Ghana

Best Woman CEO of the Year

Josh Varkey, Managing Director Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying Company Limited

Best Agri-Business Industry CEO of the Year

Yolanda Zoleka Cuba, Chief Executive Officer Vodafone Ghana

Best Telecommunications Industry CEO of the Year

Abiola Bawuah, Chief Executive Officer United Bank of Africa

Best Banking and Finance Services CEO of the Year

Jemima Oware, Registrar General’s Department

Best Woman CEO of the Year (Public Sector)

Dr. Nortey Omaboe, Chief Executive Officer Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNET)

Best ICT and Trade Facilitation Services CEO of the Year (Public Sector)

Dr. Felix Anyah, Chief Executive Officer Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

Best Healthcare Services CEO of the Year (Public Sector)

Stephen Amoah, Chief Executive Officer Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC)

Best Microfinance and Small Loans Service CEO of the Year

Paul Asare Ansah, Director General Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority

Best Maritime and Ports Industry CEO of the Year (Public Sector)

Joe Anokye, Director General Natioanal Communications Authority

Best Telecommunications Authority Industry CEO of the Year (Public Sector)

Dr. Edem Bart Williams, Chief Executive Officer Commerz Savings and Loans

Best Non-Bank Financial Services Entrepreneur of the Year

Nicholas Bortey, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Liranz IT Consulting Limited

Best Technology and Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year

Isaac Amoako-Mensah, Chief Executive Officer Classic Amodel Ghana Limited (CAGL)

Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Catherine Nana Esi Anowah Coffie, Chief Executive Officer Anowah Afrique Limited

Best Garments and Apparel Entrepreneur of the Year

Omane Frimpong, Managing Director Wilkins Engineering Limited

Best Electrical and Renewable Energy Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Wisdom Amegbletor, Chief Executive Officer New Crystal Health Services Limited

Best Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year

Rev. Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, Managing Director Frimps Oil Company Limited

Best Oil and Gas Entrepreneur of the Year

Jane Reason Ahadzie, Chief Executive Officer Stopover JRA Enterprise

Best Personal Care and Cosmetics Entrepreneur of the Year

Jonathan Lamptey, Chief Executive Officer Comsys Ghana Limited/Telesol Limited

Best IT and Telecommunications Entrepreneur of the Year

Gideon Ankrofi Ayiku, Chief Executive Officer Rehoboth Properties Limited

Best Real Estate and Property Development Entrepreneur of the Year

Ghazi Azar, Chairman and Managing Director Azar Group

Best Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year

David Osei Amankwah, Managing Director David Walter Limited

Best Civil Engineer and Building Construction Entrepreneur of the Year

Harold Quarshie Awuah-Darko, Chairman Premium Group

Best Insurance and Pension Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Education

Overall Best Minister of the Year

John Peter Amewu, Minister for Land and Natural Resources

Distinguished Public Officer of the Year

Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, Groupe Nduom

Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award

Nana Appiah Mensah, Chief Executive Officer Zylofon Media/Menzgold

Best Business Executive of the Year

Yvonne Nduom, senior Vice President Groupe Nduom

Best Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

Daniel Awuah-Darko, Executive Group Chairman Vanguard Group

Best Group Chairman of the Year

Felix Anyah, Chief Executive Officer Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

Overall Best CEO of the Year (Public Sector)

Daniel McKorley, Group Chairman McDan Group of Companies.