Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (born 11 August 1980) is the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu in the Volta region.[1][2][3][4][5] He served as a deputy minister of state under both John Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama.[6][7]

Hon.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

MP
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa at MWF 2.jpg
Member of the Ghana Parliament
for North Tongu
Assumed office
2009
Deputy Minister for Education
In office
2013–2017
PresidentJohn Dramani Mahama
Succeeded byYaw Osei Adutwum
Deputy Minister for Information
In office
2009–2013
PresidentJohn Evans Atta Mills
Succeeded byFelix Kwakye Ofosu
Personal details
Born (1980-08-11) 11 August 1980 (age 41)
Aveyime-Battor,Ghana
NationalityGhanaian
Political partyNational Democratic Congress
Spouse(s)Nuhela Seidu
Alma materUniversity of Ghana
OccupationPublic Relations
CommitteesForeign Affairs Committee Appointments Committee

Early life and educationEdit

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was born August 1980 Aveyime-Battor, Ghana.[8] He is an old student of the Presbyterian Boys' Senior Secondary School - Legon ( Presec-Legon) also served as Vice President of the scripture union.

He attended the University of Ghana, and had a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy between 2002 to 2006. At the University of Leicester, he had his Master of Arts in Communication Media and Public Relations. Project Management Practitioner - (PRINCE 2).[8]

Ablakwa also holds a certificate in Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance, USA and a Master of Science in Defence and International Politics from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College.[1]

PoliticsEdit

He served as President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) from 2005 to 2006 whilst he was a student in the University of Ghana. He was also a member of the team that drafted his party's youth policies in the NDC's manifesto for the 2008 campaign. He was a member of the Committee for Joint Action (CJA) a pro-masses pressure group. He is an Accredited Member (APR)of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR),Ghana.[9]

Member of ParliamentEdit

Ablakwa entered politics at an early age of 28 when he contested for the parliamentary elections for the North Tongu seat on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress in 2008. He won the seat by a 78.6% of the votes cast. He again won the seat in the 2012 elections by a larger number representing 90.5% of the votes cast.[10] He retained his seat once again in the 2016 elections even though his party lost the Presidential Elections [11] He has been a member of the appointments committee for two times now in 2017 and 2021 currently. He is currently also the Ranking Member of Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.[12]

Deputy Minister of StateEdit

In his foray in national politics, he was a member of the then-candidate John Evans Atta Mills Campaign Communication Team and until his appointment as Deputy Minister for Information at the age of 28 under the presidency of the late John Atta Mills, served on Government's Transition Team as Acting Secretary. Ablakwa served as deputy Minister for Education in charge of Tertiary Education under then Minister of Education Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang under the John Dramani Mahama Government.[13][14][15][6][16]

HonoursEdit

AwardsEdit

Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa has received numerous awards including the TNG Corporate Excellence Awards - Accra, 2010, Outstanding Youth Leader in West Africa by the West Africa Students' Union (WASU) - Kaduna, Nigeria 2009, Special Alumnus Award by the National Union of Ghana Students' (NUGS) - 2009, Old Vandal Award - 2008, Award of recognition by the Volta Hall JCR of the University of Ghana – 2005 and a special Fellow of the Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG). He has also been honoured by the Mepe Traditional Council and the Tepa Traditional Council where he is known as the "Mmrantiehene."[17]

EmploymentEdit

Deputy Minister of Information, 2009-2013 ((Government of Ghana).

Deputy Minister of Education, 2013-2016 (Government of Ghana).

Member of Parliament, 2009 - till date (Office of Parliament).

Saavi Solutions, managing director (2007-2009).[18]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Nuhela Seidu, a legal practitioner and they have a daughter and a son.[19] He is an author, and a prolific writer.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Parliament of Ghana". www.parliament.gh. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Ablakwa on why Act 463 should be amended to place a cap on number of political appointees". Graphic Online. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Okudzeto Ablakwa donates towards COVID-19". Graphic Online. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Let's stop public officials from seeking medical care abroad – Ablakwa". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  5. ^ Kissi, Ernest; Offei, Isaac; Boateng, Emmanuel; Badu, Edward (31 December 2016). "Networking for knowledge capacity building of procurement professionals in Ghana". International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management. 6 (2): 34–47. doi:10.14424/ijcscm602016-34-47. ISSN 1179-0776.
  6. ^ a b Adjorlolo, Ruth Abla. "Deputy Minister condemns students' actions". www.gbcghana.com. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Stop cutting power supply to schools – Ablakwa to ECG". Citi 97.3 FM - Relevant Radio. Always. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Ghana Parliament member Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Biography". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Ghana MPs - MP Details - Ablakwa, Okudzeto Samuel". www.ghanamps.com. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  11. ^ FM, Peace. "Ghana Election 2016 Results - North Tongu Constituency". Ghana Elections - Peace FM. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  12. ^ 122108447901948 (6 February 2019). "'Don't treat Ghanaian migrants as criminals'". Graphic Online. Retrieved 13 March 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Dogbevi, Emmanuel (2 October 2016). "Government to speedup passage of Tertiary Education Research Fund". Ghana Business News. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  14. ^ The Al-Hajj Newspaper (25 March 2014). "Government And UG Have Cordial Relationship-Minister". News Ghana. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  15. ^ Yeboah, Paul Y. A. "UMaT is the Most Compliant Public University in Ghana". umat.edu.gh. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  16. ^ "Ablakwa Lauds IUCG's Excellence and the Quality of its Graduates". IUCG. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Biography". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Parliament of Ghana". www.parliament.gh. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  19. ^ Aklorbortu, Priscilla (2 November 2020). "5 photos of the wife of North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa". Yen.com.gh - Ghana news. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  20. ^ "Okudzeto Ablakwa shares rare photos of his beautiful wife to celebrate her birthday". Pulse Ghana. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2021.

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