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Biography Of Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister.

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Matthew Opoku Prempeh.


Matthew Opoku Prempeh, (born 23 May 1968). A Ghanaian medical doctor and politician. He is a member of the New Patriotic Party who is a Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is a former Minister of Education and God Father of Saifudeenn Senior Minister Aboabo . He is popularly known as Napo. On 22 January 2021, he was nominated by Nana Akufo-Addo as the Minister designate for Energy.


Quick Facts: Hon., Minister of Education ...

Hon.

Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Minister of Education

In office

10 January 2017 – 6 January 2021

President

Nana Akufo-Addo

Preceded by

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang

Member of the Ghana Parliament for the Manhyia South Constituency

Incumbent

Assumed office

7 January 2009

Preceded by

Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufuor

Personal details

Born

23 May 1968 (age 52)

Nationality

Ghanaian

Political party

New Patriotic Party

Alma mater

Prempeh College

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Harvard Kennedy School

Profession

Medical Doctor, Politician.


Early life and education

He was born on 23 May 1968. Prempeh studied Human Biology and Medicine at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, later continuing post-graduate studies at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Career

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


Politics

Member of parliament

As a Ghana 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 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 of Ghana. He served in that role for 4 years till 6 January 2021 when the tenure of office of the president and his ministers ended.


In May 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Prempeh as part of the nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet. The names of the 19 ministers were submitted the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye. As a Cabinet minister, Prempeh was part of the inner circle of the president and was to aid in key decision making activities in the country.


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


Personal life

He identifies as a Christian and is a nephew of the former Ghanaian president, John Kufuor. He is divorced.

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