Ferdinand Koblavi Dra Goka was a Ghanaian teacher and politician. He was a Volta Regional minister, and as Ghana's second finance minister during the first republic. He is often credited as the man who changed the name of Trans Volta Togoland to the Volta Region.
Early Life and Education
Goka was born on 7 November 1919 to Reverend F. D. Goka at Mafi Anfoe in the Volta Region. He was educated at Evangelical Presbyterian Church (E. P. C.) Middle School in Hohoe where he obtained his Cambridge School Certificate in 1941. He went on to study at the Akropong Presbyterian Training College from 1943 to 1944. He entered the Ewe Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Ho and qualified as a catechist.
Goka ventured politics in June 1954 when he was elected as member of the legislative assembly. In that same year he was appointed Ministerial Secretary (deputy minister) for the Ministry of Health. He was appointed Regional Commissioner for the Volta Region in June 1959 and on 1 July 1960 he became the Minister for Trade. On 8 May 1961 he was appointed Minister for Finance and later that year, the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Finance were merged. On 1 October 1961 he became the Minister for Trade and Finance. He worked in that capacity until 1964 when he was replaced by Kwesi Amoako Atta.
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