Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi, a leading contender in the chairmanship race of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said that ensuring successful execution of the ‘Breaking the 8’ agenda makes it imperative for full teamwork.
Interacting with newly elected constituency executives of the NPP at Kwame Danso, in the Sene West constituency of Bono East, he admonished them to work as a team for the betterment of the party in the constituency.
“Unity is the only guarantee to maintaining power, and hence breaking the 8 in the 2024 elections. So, I urge you all to bury your differences and reach out to your colleague aspirants who weren’t successful in the election and bring them on board.
“As National Council rep for the region, I am extremely happy for the way and manner each of you, and indeed all the aspirants, conducted themselves peacefully before, during and after the elections. I believe that if we walk that path to 2024 with discipline and commitment, victory is assured,” Prof Ameyaw-Akumfi added.
Touching on party-government relationship, the former Minister of Education and, later, Ports, Harbours and Railways Minister, in the President Kufuor’s government entreated the newly elected executives to cooperate and support their Members of Parliament and the President’s representatives (MDCEs) in their constituencies and districts to foster development, peace and unity in the party.
The Board Chairman of the Public Procurement Authority added that issues between them as executives and MDCEs/MP must be resolved as quickly as possible with the involvement of members of council of elders in the constituency.
Prof Ameyaw-Akumfi commenced his nationwide tour beginning from his home region, Bono East, to congratulate the elected executives.
Prof. Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi was born on August 21, 1945 at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He attended the Adisadel College in Cape-Coast for his GCE O’ and A’ Levels before entering the University of Ghana in 1965 obtaining a B.Sc. Hons in Zoology in 1969.
He pursued his Masters in Zoology at the same University and completed the course in a year in 1970.
He left the shores of Ghana for the United States specifically the University of Michigan in 1972 where he spent four years studying for MS in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Zoology.
He co-coordinated the introduction of the Semester and Course Unit System at the University of Cape-Coast as well as the production of academic programmes for the University College of Education, Winneba in the Central Region.
He chaired various committees at the University and acted as Vice-Chancellor in the absence of the substantive Vice-Chancellor during his tenure as the Pro Vice-Chancellor.
One significant activity he undertook in relation to Higher Education when he served as the Chairman of the Committee to Review Staffing in the Polytechnics, was to present a lead paper on Decentralization at the University at a seminar for university administration under the auspices of the Tertiary Education Project.
Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi has several obtained several awards include the following; The University of Ghana Scholar, 1969-1970; AFGRAD Scholar, University of Michigan 1972-1977; Senior Research Fellow, Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship at University College of North Wales Bengor1984-1985 and Fulbright Scholar-Marine Research Laboratory Bodega Bay University of California.
Until his appointment as the Minister of Education in the Kufuor government, he was the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service. He had also been the Dean at the Faculty of Science, University of Cape Coast, and Policy Adviser to the Ministry of Education.