President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday announced the second batch of 12 ministerial nominees.
The names have since been submitted to the Speaker of Parliament for vetting and approval.
Below are the profiles of the ministers designate:
DR. ANTHONY AKOTO OSEI – MONITORING AND EVALUATION
Anthony Akoto Osei is 64 years, and is the Member of Parliament for the
Old Tafo constituency. He obtained a PhD from Howard University in
1987, a Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics from the American
University in 1980. He had earlier obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Degree in Economics from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1978.
He is the current Ranking Member for the Committee on Finance, and a member of the committee of Interior and Defence.
Anthony Akoto Osei has been described “as one of the finest Economist in
recent years” acquiring his experience from providing consultancy
services for the World Bank (Korea Division) in 1987, teaching at
Dillard and Howard Universities from 1984 to 1995 as an Associate
Professor in Economics and as a Research Fellow for the Centre for
Policy Analysis (CEPA) from 1996-2001 in Ghana.
In the erstwhile Kufour Administration, he was made first,(from
2001-2003) a Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economic
planning and later appointed a Deputy Minister of the same Ministry in
2003 later elevated to Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and
Economic Planning, a position until December 2008.
DAN BOTWE – REGIONAL RE-ORGANISATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Dan Botwe is 58 years old, and a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University
of Science and Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree
in Computer Science in 1984. He worked as a computer analyst at the
Ghana Cocoa Board from 1985 to 1993, before moving into private business
as Director of DanMaud Ltd and Palb Pharmaceuticals.
His political career began on KNUST campus, when he was elected National
Secretary of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in 1982. As a
member of the interim executive of the national youth wing during the
formation of the NPP, he was later on appointed Director of operations
and research at NPP headquarters from 1996 to 1998. In 1998 he was
elected as the General Secretary of the NPP and re-elected for a second
term in 2001.
In 2005, he was appointed as Minister of information by President John
Agyekum Kufuor. Dan was elected in 2008 as the Member of Parliament for
the Okere constituency, a position he holds till date. From 2013-2016 he
was made Minority Chief Whip of the 6th Parliament.
He is married with three children.
KWABENA FRIMPONG BOATENG – ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng is 67 years old. He graduated from
the University of Ghana Medical School in 1975 with MB, ChB degrees, and
qualified as a as general surgeon, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon
after undertaking his postgraduate studies at the Hannover Medical
University, Germany in 1978.
He subsequently worked as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and was
one of the pioneers of the heart transplantation programme in Hannover.
In 1985, he was recognized as the first black person to perform a heart
transplant. He returned home in 1989 to establish the National
Cardiothoracic Centre and the Ghana Heart Foundation.
He was a former CEO of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, past President of
the Ghana Red Cross Society and immediate past Chairman of the Public
Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC). He established the National
Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and was its
founding Director. Currently, he is the President of the Ghana Heart
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng has received several local and international
awards in recognition of his medical work and service to humanity. In
1999 he was the Ghana Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Marketing Man
of the year and also, a recipient of the Millennium Excellence Award.
In 2005 the Millennium Excellence Foundation awarded him as Personality
of the Decade. Prof. Frimpong-Boateng was the winner of the 2012 edition
of the prestigious African Heroes Award, presented by Ohio University
in Athens, Ohio, USA, on February 12, 2012.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng is married and has five children.
JOHN PETER AMEWU – LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
John-Peter Amewu is 48 years old, and holds an MBA (Finance) from
University of Ghana. He also has a Post Graduate Degree (Executive MBA
in International Energy Industry Management), and Masters in Petroleum
Law and Policy from University of Dundee (UK).
He has more than 15 years’ experience in Government, Private Sector,
Civil Society and International Development Organizations. He has
participated and undergone several mining professional training and
attained various certificates from some Australia’s prestigious
Universities (University of Sydney and University of Western Australia).
He is a Cost Engineer by profession with broader knowledge in the Energy
and Mining Industry. He is a Co-founder of Africa Center for Energy
Policy – ACEP; and also worked as the Director of Policy and Research
where he provided pro-active and comprehensive policy related advice to
support a variety of Government and Private Sector Projects.
He is the Chairman of Board of Directors of major private institutions
in Ghana and a professional international consultant in his area of
expertise (Mining and Petroleum). His contributions in providing
solutions to the problems in the Energy Sector in Ghana have earned him
both local and international acclamation and recognition.
He is currently the Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Volta Region.
He is married with three children.?
OTIKO AFISA-DJABA – GENDER, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL PROTECTION
Otiko Afisah Djaba is 54 years old. She studied Information Systems in
the UK, communications in Eygpt and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Integrated Development Studies at the University of Development Studies
She also was the National Facilitator for the Campaign for Greater
Discipline under Former Vice President Aliu Mahama in 2004. She worked
as a Consultant in Children’s Rights and rural women’s development for
Plan Ghana in extremely deprived rural communities in Sissala districts
and in Wa. In 2008 she was the NPP Parliamentary Candidate for the
Bole-Bamboi constituency, and is currently the Women’s leader of the New
Patriotic Party and has held the position since 2010. She is a
polyglot, who speaks 8 Ghanaian dialects.
She has 4 children
IGNATIUS BAFFUOR AWUAH – EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS
Ignatius Baffuor Awuah is 51 years old, and hails from Nsoatre in the
Brong Ahafo Region. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon,
where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration
(Accounting option). He also holds a post graduate diploma in management
(IPMA) London, and certificate in Civil Service Management from the
Galilee College, Israel. From 1996 to 2001, he worked as the Operations
Manager at Nsoatreman Rural Bank 1996-2001; Municipal Chief Executive of
Sunyani from 2001 to 2005; before being appointed Deputy Brong Ahafo
Regional Minister by President Kufuor between 2005-2006 and landed the
top job in the region in 2006, when he was appointed Brong Ahafo
He has been the Member of Parliament for Sunyani West since 2009, and
whilst in parliament has been the Deputy Ranking Member for Finance, a
member of the Local Government Committee, a member of the committee on
Environment, Science and Technology, and also the Second Deputy Whip of
the Minority in parliament.
KWAKU OFORI ASIAMAH – TRANSPORT
Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah is 47 years old. He is a graduate of University
of Cape Coast and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After his
National service with Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Tema, in 2000,
he worked as Marketing Manager at Household Aluminium Company Ltd. He
has also worked at Quest Resource Development Consultancy Ltd, and
General Manager of Josa Plus Ventures.
He served as a member of NPP campaign team in the Central Region in
2008, 2012 and 2016. He also served as a member of National Council of
the New Patriotic Party (NPP) from 2009 to date.
He is married with four children.
JOE GHARTEY – RAILWAYS DEVELOPMENT
Joe Ghartey is 55 years old, and a graduate of the University of Ghana,
where he obtained an LLB (Hons) in 1986, before being called to the Bar
in Ghana in 1988. He then joined the Law Firm of Akufo-Addo, Prempeh
& Co. as a Pupil and subsequently became an Associate. In 1995, he
founded his own law firm, Ghartey & Ghartey.
He has taught Company Law at the Ghana School of Law, Securities
Industry Law at the Ghana Stock Exchange, Investment Law at the Ghana
Business School, University of Ghana and Corporate Governance at the
Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He is
currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of International Trade and
Investment Law, as well as Company Law, at the Faculty of Law,
University of Cape Coast. He has authored the leading Ghanaian text
book on doing business and investing, “Doing Business and Investing in
Ghana: Legal and Institutional Framework”.
He entered Parliament in 2005 as the Member of Parliament of the
Essikado-Ketan Constituency. In June 2006, he was appointed Deputy
Attorney-General and Deputy Minister of Justice. From June 2006 to
January 2009, he was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice. In
2009 and 2012 he was re-elected as Member of Parliament for the
During the Sixth Parliament, he was the Second Deputy Speaker of
Parliament. He returned to Parliament for the fourth time as the Member
of Parliament of Essikado-Ketan Constituency in 2017.
He is married with five children.
KWASI AMOAKO-ATTA – ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
Kwasi Amoako-Atta is 65years old. He obtained a Bachelor of Science
degree in Administration, and was called to the Ghana Bar in 2002. In
2004, he obtained an Executive Masters in Business Administration
He worked with the then Meat Marketing Board from 1979-1985 as a
Marketing Manager. He also joined Unilever in 1985, and over a 20 year
period occupied very senior management positions such as Head of
Department in Sales, Marketing and Logistics. He is currently the Member
of Parliament for Atiwa West.
He is married with four children.
URSULA OWUSU-EKUFUL – COMMUNICATIONS
Ursula Owusu Ekuful is 52 years old, and a product of the University Of
Ghana And The Ghana School Of Law. She was called to the Ghana Bar in
October 1990. She also holds a certificate in Government Integrity from
the International Law Institute, Washington DC, a Project Management and
Planning Certificate from GIMPA, and a Masters in Conflict Peace and
Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre,
and was adjudged the overall best student in 2015.
She worked for 10 years as an Associate at Akufo-Addo, Prempeh &
Co., Legal Practitioners and Notaries Public. From Sept 2005 to May
2008, she was was the acting Managing Director, Western Telesystems
(Westel), and from April 2008 to January 2009, she was the Corporate and
External Affairs Director, ZAIN Ghana. She has also been the NPP Member
of Parliament for the Ablekuma West Constituency since 2012.
In the run-up to the December 7, 2016 elections, she served as the
Chairperson for the Social Development Sector Committee – a committee
responsible for the development of policy interventions for women,
children, persons with disability, the aged and all social intervention
policies and programs for the NPP manifesto 2016.
She is married and has one child.
KOFI ADDA – WATER RESOURCES AND SANITATION
Kofi Adda is 60 years old. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
Economics and Political Science from the Indiana Wesleyan Univerity,
USA; a Masters in International Affairs (specialising in International
Finance and Banking); and a Certificate in Energy Economics from the
University of Texas. He was a Project Manager for the Public Financial
Management Reform Programme of the World Bank and Ministry of Finance
from 1996-2000; Client Service Director and Manager at Deloitte and
Touche; amongst others.
Under the government of President Kufuor, he was Minister for Energy
from 2006 to 2008 under President Kufuor’s government, and prior to that
was Minister for Labour and Social Development from 2005 to 2006. It
was under his tenure in office as Minister for Labour that the National
Youth Employment Programme, which created 150,000 jobs was
conceptualized and introduced.
He is the Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, and is married with two children.
SAMUEL ATTA AKYEA – WORKS AND HOUSING
Samuel Atta Akyea is 53 years old. He was called to the Ghana Bar in
1993. He has worked at the Attorney General’s Department, at Akufo-Addo
Prempeh & Co. He has been at Zoe, Akyea & Co., for a period of
He has been a Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South since January 2009.
He has served on the Finance, Public Accounts Judiciary and
Appointments Committees of Parliament. He is married with 3 children.