Officials of the No Business as Usual (NBU) Project have organized an event on Emotional Intelligence for Assembly members and Civil Society Organizations within the Asokore Mampong Municipality as Ghana prepares for the upcoming December 7th 2020 general elections.
Considering them being the first point of call in terms of problems or developmental challenges and how they are sometimes faced with many problems such as resolving conflicts, insults and blame games, the event was held to empower them emotionally to be able to exhibit a strong sense of maturity to calm down tensions and rally the whole community on board to address issues.
The program was dubbed; “CORPORATE MEET-UP” under the theme; “EXHIBITING A HIGH SENSE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE”.
It provided participants an avenue to gain deeper insight into social and emotional intelligence to effectively work with unit committee members and other opinion leaders in their electoral areas to ensure communal ownership and participation in development.
CSO’s and assembly members who were drawn from the various electoral areas with the municipality were also equipped with skills and knowledge needed to rise above partisan political interests and collaborate effectively for the development of the area.
Speakers for the event were Mrs. Rita Krampah (Co-Founder, Corporate Training Solutions) and Ms. Aba Oppong (Child Rights Activist).
The duo spoke on Emotional Intelligence for leaders of the Community and Working together in the interest of the Municipality beyond partisan political interest respectively.
Mrs. Rita Krampah in her presentation touched on the five elements or characteristics of emotional intelligence, how to enhance the E.I of a team, evidence of E.I among others. She also carried participants through a practical test on E.I.
Ms. Aba Oppong expatiating on her presentation at the program said in an interview that though assembly member have their individual political party affiliations, they should realize that “their role is a non-partisan role and should therefore have to treat members of their community fairly, provide right information, do surveys to find the felt needs of the community and make sure that their actions are directed towards improving the socio economic lives of the people.”
She underlined how partisan colorations sometimes affect the development of electoral areas.
“It prevents optimum use of resources, it promotes favoritism and nepotism. The two (nepotism and favoritism) put together put development at a standstill or sometimes you even go back.”