UPSA Honours Napo Today

 


 
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), will tomorrow confer an Honorary Doctorate Degree on the Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh.


Doctor of Humane Letters (D.HL) would be conferred on the minister, for his outstanding performance in leadership.

Dr. Prempeh was once honoured by the University of Education, Winneba, with a Doctorate Degree, on May 26, 2021, in recognition of his hardwork as the Minister of Education.

The minister, who is also the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South in the Ashanti Region, was a surprise element in the ministerial list of Present Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s first term, as many were earlier astonished when he was named as the Education Minister.

That anxiety came as a result of his background as a Medical Doctor with no knowledge in education management.

Amazingly, he excelled and ensured the successful implementation of the government’s flagship programme, Free Senior High School (Free SHS).

Through his sterling leadership, teething problems that came with the introduction of the Free SHS were resolutely confronted.

Dr. Prempeh is on record to be the only Minister of Education under whose watch there was no industrial action by any of the unions in the education sector.

That feat was chalked because the former Education Minister was able to establish a sincere rapport with the unions and, was ever-ready to jaw-jaw with them.

Dr. Prempeh, who is currently the Minister of Energy, is again displaying high-level leadership, as he works to fix the current energy situation.

He works as team leader and always on the field to monitor how works bordering on the countries energy sector, especially, was progressing.

Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, a Medical Doctor by profession, is current Ghana’s Minister of Energy and the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency.

He became a medical officer at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital from 1995 to 1997 after KNUST but left in 1998 to pursue his Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology in the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences. He joined the National Health Service, United Kingdom as Senior Health Officer in 1999 until he left in 2003. Whilst in the United Kingdom, he became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom in 2002.

Dr. Prempeh became the Executive Chairman of Keyedmap Services Limited, Ghana, a private Security Firm in 2003 but resigned in 2009 after he joined the political race in Ghana in 2008 where he contested and won his first election to Parliament on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party to represent Manhyia Constituency in Kumasi, Ashanti Region.

In 2012, the total number of constituencies was increased from 230 to 275 prior to the general election. Manhyia South Constituency was thus created and Dr. Prempeh was elected to represent the constituency in Parliament. In 2016, he was re-elected with 86.17% of the votes cast in the constituency.

He again won the 2020 Parliamentary election to represent the Manhyia South Constituency again.

He has served on several Parliamentary Committees such as Health, Appointments, Special Budget, and Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

He was sworn as the Education Minister of Ghana in January 2017 by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo. In May 2017, Dr. Opoku Prempeh was named by the President as a member of his Cabinet,

He is presently the Minister of Energy and a member of President Akufo-Addo’s Cabinet for his second term.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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