Bawumia Nominates NAPO As Running Mate

The Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has nominated Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, MP for Manhyia North as his running mate for the 2024 general elections.

Profile of Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Matthew Opoku Prempeh (born 23 May 1968) is a Ghanaian medical doctor and politician. He is a member of the New Patriotic Party and a Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is a former Minister of Education. He is popularly known as NAPO.He is currently the Minister of Energy.

Early life and education

Matthew Opoku Prempeh was born on 23 May 1968 in Ashanti New Town, a suburb of Kumasi, and hails from Pakyi No. 2 in the Ashanti Region.

He started his basic education at KNUST Primary and continued to Prempeh College in Kumasi, Ashanti Region of Ghana, for his middle school education.

He studied Human Biology and Medicine at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and completed his MB CHB in 1994. He continued with post-graduate studies in MSc. Clinical Epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences in 1998 and at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he studied Leadership and Government(certificate course). In 2002, he pursued postgraduate training in surgery in the UK (MRCS).

Career

Prior to entering parliament, Prempeh served as CEO of Keyedmap Security Services Limited from 2004 to 2009.He is also a medical doctor and served as a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2003.

Politics

Member of parliament

As a Ghanaian parliamentarian, he represents Manhyia South in Kumasi, formerly representing Manhyia. He was first elected to parliament in 2008 and is a member of the New Patriotic Party.In 2016, he was re-elected with 35,958 votes, or 87.17% of the votes cast in the district. He was a member of the health committee and the appointments committee. Prempeh contested the 2020 Ghanaian general election as a parliamentary candidate for the Manhyia South constituency under the banner of the New Patriotic Party and won by a large margin.

Minister of Education

He was appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo on 10 January 2017 to serve as Minister for Education in Ghana. He served in that role for 4 years until 6 January 2021 when the tenure of the president and his ministers ended.

In May 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Prempeh as one of the nineteen ministers who would formed the  cabinet in the first tenure of President Akufo-Addo.

Prempeh also contributed to the educational sector of Ghana as a Minister of Education, such as improving the infrastructure, promoting vocational and technical education (TVET), and leading the government’s flagship programme ”FREE SHS’‘.

Minister of Energy

In 2021, the President of Ghana, Nana Akuffo-Addo, after being re-elected as President, named Dr. Mattew Opoku Prempeh as Minister of Energy. He had previously served as the Minister of Education for President Nana Akuffo-Addo’s first term.

Committees

Prempeh is a member of the Defense and Interior Committee and also of the Appointments Committee.

Awards

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh was adjudged the best Minister in Ghana in 2017 and 2019. He was also the recipient of the 2020 Harvard Ministerial Medal of Achievement.

In May 2021, the University of Education Winneba conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate Degree.

In July 2021, the University of Professional Studies also awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

As a member of the Parliament of Ghana, he represents Manhyia South in Kumasi, formerly representing Manhyia.

The University of Cape Coast is the latest institution to recognize Dr. Prempeh’s contributions to the development of Ghana and his immense service to the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Personal life

He identifies as a Christian and is the grandson of the former Ghanaian president, John Kufuor. He has remarried.

In May 2022, a group by the name of Friends of NAPO presented some educational materials to schools in the Manhyia South Constituency to mark his 54th birthday. Prempeh College named a dormitory block after him on 17 June 2023.

Source:firstnewsroom.com

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