Re-Appoint Hon John-Peter Amewu Energy Minister
In any event you have forgotten his excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, read again the Profile of John-Peter Amewu before you appoint him a Minister.
PROFILE OF HON.JOHN-PETER AMEWU
Acting Minister of Energy, Republic of Ghana and the Member of Parliament For Hohoe Constituency.
John-Peter Amewu is the current Minister in charge of Energy in Ghana. Prior to this position, he was the Minister for Lands & Natural Resources from February 2017 to August 2018 where he waged an effective campaign against illegal mining and the wanton destruction of areas endowed with natural resources.
Hon. John-Peter Amewu went to St. Mary's Seminary Secondary School, Lolobi and Adisadel College for his O and A level studies respectively. He studied Cost Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ghana. He also has an Executive MBA in International Energy Industry management and masters in Petroleum Law and policy from the University of Dundee, United Kingdom. Hon. John-Peter Amewu has also gone through extensive training on current practices within the Mining and Energy Industries and has obtained various certificates from the Universities of Sydney and Western Australia.
Hon. John-Peter Amewu is a Cost Engineer by profession with broad knowledge in the Energy and Mining Industry. He has over fifteen (15) years’ working experience in government, private sector, civil society and international development organizations.
He is the Co-founder of Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP); and worked as the director of policy and research, where he provided policy related advice to support a variety of government and private sector projects. Throughout his career, he has also served as board chair of major private institutions in Ghana. He is also a professional international consultant in his area of expertise - Mining and Energy. His input in providing solutions to problems in Ghana’s Energy and Mining Sectors has earned him both local and International recognition.
• Best Performing Minister of the year 2017, awarded by Pan African Enterprise and Achiever Awards.
• Minister of the year 2017, awarded by Christian Council of Ghana.
• African Leadership Medal of Public Service by African Leadership Magazine.
• Distinguished Public Officer of the year 2018 at the 8th Ghana Entrepreneurs and Corporate Executive Awards and Gala dinner 2018.
• Distinguished Government Official of the year 2017/2018, awarded by Pan African Top Brands Eminence Awards.
• Nobel Peace and Leadership Award by Alfred Noble University
• UCIA (United Clergy International Association) 2019 Heroes of Distinction Award for excellence in Leadership
• UCIA (United Clergy International Association) 2020 Hall of Fame award for excellence in Leadership
WHY HE DESERVES A TOP MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENT IN YOUR SECOND TERM.
On your assumption of the presidency in 2016, you appointed a lot of state ministers but the one who caught our attention in a positive light was Mr. John-Peter Amewu. His handling of the fight against Galamsey (something HE Nana Addo held dear) was exceptional.
His unswerving demeanor and composed behind-the-scenes maneuvers, in that fight was quite impressive. It was indubitably clear, he headed the ministry extremely well.
I was not so sure about him when he was sent to the energy ministry but once again, he proved his excellency right for that decision:
It was under his tenure where we engaged in a competitive licensing round for our oil blocks and that meant the previous arrangements where licensing round in which several blocks were awarded without proper structures and regulations in place, which resulted in their underperformance in terms of productivity was clearly and effectively dealt with. He also successfully renegotiated all the Agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) and subsequently the reduction of gas which meant the cost of electricity was relatively low and that affected positively businesses throughout the country.
In the December general election, when our great party was losing significant number of seats in the parliamentary elections, He was helping the party to secure a big win in the Volta Region amidst very difficult challenges. He has indeed shown that we can do a lot more in that region if we invest.
All the above points to the fact he deserves an 'A class' ministry in HE's 2nd term and I'm absolutely in no doubt that, his performances in the two (2) ministries he headed, some of which have been posited above coupled with his monumental victory in Hohoe will and should be rewarded by the president.
Much was given and the much expected was delivered and like the Akans say 'nea )foro dua pa na y3pia no'.