Barring any last-minute changes, the New Patriotic Party(NPP) is expected to hold its national Executive Elections in June 2022 which is the biggest of all the leadership elections.
It has been confirmed from party sources that current National Chairman Freddie Blay after two terms in office, may not be seeking re-election and which paves the way for fresh candidates to aspire for the top post of the governing party.
So far, three persons have expressed interest in succeeding Freddie Blay as the NPP National Chairman and have been behind the scenes lobbying potential power brokers within the party for endorsement even.
The NPP will officially commence its Constituency Annual Delegates Conference from July 2021 across the country.
It will be followed by its Annual Regional Delegates Conference across all 16 regions in August 2021 to decide the party’s future.
Then in November 2021, the entire party members will assemble for the Annual National Conference, where all the gurus in the party will affirm the decisions taken by the rank and file.
Two months after the national conference, the elections of party officers to manage the affairs of the NPP will kick start from the polling station levels in January 2022.
In February 2022, the Electoral Area Coordinators elections will also take place, to be followed by constituency executives’ elections across the country, scheduled for March 2022.
The party will then organize its regional executives’ elections in April 2022.
National Chairman Race
MyNewsGh.com has been following the exploits of the three top candidates seeking to lead the NPP and bring to its readers’ detailed profiles of these individuals.
Professor Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi
He served as Minister of Education under the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor administration and was also a Member of Parliament for Techiman North.
He was born on January 21, 1945 in Techiman into the Ohene Ameyaw royal family to his father, Nana Akumfi Ameyaw III, then the Omanhene of Techiman Traditional Area and the Chief proponent for the creation of the erstwhile Brong-Ahafo Region in the year 1959.
He had his primary and middle school education at Nkwaeso and Techiman Methodist schools respectively.
He attended the Adisadel College in Cape-Coast in 1959 for his GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels before entering the University of Ghana in 1965, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (Zoology & Biochemistry) in 1968, Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in 1969 and MSc (Zoology) in 1970.
Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi pursued further education at the University of Michigan in 1972 and obtained a Master of Science (MSc.) in Zoology and PhD in Zoology in 1976.
Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi is well known in academia with over 30 years of involvement, lectureship and evolutionary educational policy and reforms.
He started his career as a young lecturer at the University of Cape Coast in 1970.
Inspired by his penchant for success, he rose through the ranks within a short space of time to become Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and full professorship in 1991.
He was appointed as the Head of the Zoology Department in 1987 and in the same year, became the coordinator for the Semester and Course Unit System, which was first introduced into university education in Ghana by the University of Cape Coast and integrated into the academic registry of universities in the country.
He coordinated the production of academic programmes for the University College of Education Winneba (UCEW). He was the leader of a delegation of UCC/UEW to the University of Eastern Washington, USA, for the establishment of linkage and exchange programmes for the benefit of faculty and students.
Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi was appointed a policy advisor to the Ministry of Education and was a member of the Education Minister’s team to North Carolina State University for the establishment of linkages among universities within the ‘Triangle’.
He was a one-time Director-General of Ghana Education Service.
Stephen Asamoah Boateng
He also served as a former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development as well as Minister of Information under the Kufuor-led administration.
Boateng was born in 1958 and hails from Konongo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He attained his basic education at the Konongo Methodist primary school, Kormantse District Assembly Middle Schools and Jasikan Roman Catholic Middle school and then proceeded to obtain his senior high school education at Konongo/Odumase Senior High School. Boateng obtained his first degree from the University of Ghana and a master’s degree in business administration at Henley Management College Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom.
During his stay in the United Kingdom, He worked as a Marketing Consultant at the American Medical Systems (AMS ) of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He was also a Business Advisor at Business Link in London as well as a Housing Officer at the Royal Borough of Kensington, Chelsea. He worked as a public servant with the position of a store assistant at the Ghana Medical Stores in Kumasi
Boateng is a member of the 4th parliament of the 4th republic of Ghana. His political career began in his early days as a political activist. He became the President of the Madina Students Union and the secretary of the Central Committee of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) from 1979 to 1982. He participated in the 2004 general elections as a representative of Mfantseman Constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party and was elected as the member of parliament with a total of 28,081 votes out of 49,618 total valid votes cast that year. His constituency was a part of the 16 constituencies won by the New Patriotic Party in the Central region in that election. His parliamentary term ended in the 2008 general elections after losing his seat to Aquinas Tawiah Quansah of the National Democratic Congress. He was appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo as the executive chairman of the State Enterprise Committee in 2017. Boateng was later appointed as the Director-General of the state interest And Governance (SIGA) Committee by the same president
Stephen Ayesu Ntim
Mr Stephen Ayesu Ntim, the National Chairman of the Lands Commission, is a product of the University of Ghana (1984) and the University of Minnesota, USA (1991), from where he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Linguistics and MBA in Management Information Systems respectively. Stephen also holds a Diplome Superieur d’Etudes Francaises (1982) from the Universite Nationale de la Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan. He had his GCE ‘O’ Level education at Asanteman Secondary School (1977), Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region, and GCE ‘A’ Level education at Navrongo Secondary School (1979), Navrongo in the Upper East Region. Stephen did his National Service at the Kaneshie Secondary Technical School between 1984 and 1986 as a French Tutor.
He has over 20 years’ experience as a Systems Engineer in both the USA and Ghana. He started his profession as a Systems Engineer at Electronic Data Systems (EDS Inc) in Michigan, USA where he worked from 1993 to 1995. Prior to that, he trained as a Programmer/Analyst at St. Paul Fire and Marine in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
He has served and has vast experience in several executive and corporate positions. He is a Director of BINSCO Associates, Accra; Managing Director of Espan Company Limited, a construction and engineering services company; and Managing Director of a commercial printing firm, Detroit Computer Images at New Achimota, Accra. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of an Accra-based NGO for the preservation of Ghanaian Culture, Heritage Protection Foundation; Board Chairman of Aqua Drill Company Limited. He was a Board Member of the Electricity Company of Ghana from 2007 to 2009.
In terms of social services, he is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Minnesota Chapter, USA. He is also a member of the National Council of Patrons of the Association of Methodist Church Choirs, and a Counselor and member of Methodist Men’s Fellowship, St Peter Methodist Church at Mile 7, New Achimota in Accra. Stephen is also Life Patron of Wamfie Youth Association, Wamfie in the Brong Ahafo Region and a member of the Brong Ahafo Patriotic Caucus (BAPAC).
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