Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye
Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye, MP, is a Minister for Works and Housing and the former Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Assistant to His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana. Francis, for many years, served as the Political Assistant to Nana Akufo-Addo, the then presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party.
A development planning, project management, and policy specialist and professional, Asenso-Boakye has over 22 years of wide-ranging professional experience in his field. Prior to becoming a key member of the staff at the Presidency, he held positions at the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare (MESW) (as it was then called), Global Media Alliance (GMA), Delta Acquisitions and Development, Delaware, USA, Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan, USA, Ghana Free Zones Board (GFZB), and Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC).
At MESW, he was a Development Communication Specialist for a program to eliminate child labour in cocoa-growing communities in Ghana.
In that capacity, he served as Secretary to the Technical Working (TWG) on child labour in the cocoa sector and the Joint Working Group (JWG) of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire on child labour in the cocoa sector; led Ghana’s engagement with the United States Government and the chocolate industry on efforts to eliminate the practice; and coordinated the development of a Facilitators Manual on best practices which has become a blueprint for efforts to eliminate child labour on cocoa farms.
At GMA, where he was Project Manager, Asenso-Boakye managed several of the company’s flagship assignments and projects, including Ghana@50 fireworks display at the Independence Square, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 African Cup of Nations, CNN Africa Journalist of the Year Awards, and Africa Union Summit Media Center. He also served as Lead Consultant for GMA’s event consulting work for the Government of Guinea for the Guinea@50 celebrations.
As a Project Analyst at Delta Acquisitions and Development, LLC, Delaware, USA, Asenso-Boakye was responsible for monitoring and evaluating the company’s real estate acquisitions and development and oversaw the construction of 50 homes/duplexes in Dover, Delaware. In this role, Asenso-Boakye was exposed to and had the first-hand experience in the planning and management of housing projects.
Asenso-Boakye also served as a Policy and Research Associate in the Office of State Representative, Michael C. Murphy and to the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) – Michigan House of Representatives, USA, where his work focused on policy and legislative issues affecting the interests of African American and minority communities including the provision of decent and affordable housing. He drafted an Issues Book to serve as policy guidance for the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus. In 2005, in recognition of his exemplary service as a Legislative Staffer, he received a Special Tribute from the Michigan House of Representatives.
Asenso-Boakye also previously worked as a Planning Officer at GFZB, where, as project manager for the Tema Export Processing Zone (TEPZ), he managed a $50m World Bank financed-project for the provision of off-site infrastructure at the TEPZ, including a road network, water storage, drainage and sewerage system. This experience gave Asenso-Boakye an overview of the kind of works and infrastructure needed for development.
For his National Service, Asenso-Boakye was a Research Analyst at GIPC, where he prepared product profiles for potential investors and also served as GIPC’s focal person for an Investment Survey on Ghana conducted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank. Through this experience, Asenso-Boakye obtained deep insights regarding attracting investment in the critical areas of the economy particularly the role that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays in the development of the country.
As Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Assistant to the President, Asenso-Boakye assisted the Chief of Staff at the Presidency in providing oversight of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) in making sure that their plans and programmes are in sync with that of the Government.
He was also responsible for the management of the President’s engagement with key stakeholders and political players across the country and ensured that the President visited every nook and cranny of the country, to inspect projects that were having an impact on the lives of Ghanaians. Through these visits, it became abundantly evident that after health, education and jobs policies, the next major policy that will have an impact on the lives of Ghanaians, both in the cities and rural areas, is the provision of affordable housing. Having had firsthand experience of the needs of the Ghanaian people for decent housing coupled with his vast experience over the years in investment and management of housing projects among other things, Asenso-Boakye willingly accepted his new challenge and looks forward to assisting the President in leaving a lasting legacy in the works and housing sector of the economy.
Francis Asenso-Boakye is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, with a B.Sc. degree in Development Planning. He obtained his Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Michigan State University, Michigan, USA, as a Rotary Scholar.
He is a former student activist and the founding president of the Tertiary Students Confederacy of the NPP (TESCON).
Francis Asenso-Boakye is married with three children.
MINISTER OF STATE
Hon. Dr. Freda Prempeh
Hon. Dr. Freda Prempeh, is a self-disciplined devoted Public servant of Ghana and a Brands & Communication Expert. She is a three-time Member of Parliament for Tano-North Constituency, the only female MP in the Bono and Ahafo regions. She is a former Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, the immediate past Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and currently the Minister of State, Ministry of Works and Housing.
She obtained her 1st Degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana. Hon. Dr. Freda Prempeh has a Masters in Marketing, Masters in Media and Public Relations, and a PhD in Business Administration from the Ghana Telecommunication University in March 2021. She had the award of the Best Student in Population
Communication on July 31, 1998, from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
She has been a gender activist for years and founder of “The Ultimate Woman”.
Hon. Dr. Freda Prempeh has the aptitude for politics and as such served as Assembly Member for the Lakoo Electoral Area for a period of eight years where she chaired the Women and Children Sub-Committee and the Development Planning Sub-Committee. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, she worked with the Prison Service for ten years. She also served on the National Reconciliation Commission as a Public Affairs Officer in 2006.
Dr. Prempeh got the nod from her constituency to be the MP of the Tano North Constituency in the Ahafo region on the ticket of the NPP in the year 2013, and has since been their Parliamentary representative for 9 years. Through her relentless effort and commitment, she served on the Communications, Government Assurances and the Mines and Energy committees in Parliament in the past years and is currently serving on the Local Government Committee and Government Assurances Committee. She is a development-oriented person and has chalked a lot of successes in her quest to develop her constituency. Health, education and infrastructural development remain her priorities and high on her agenda.
As a sports fanatic and staunch believer of women’s capabilities, she founded the Women Supporters Union of Ghana (WOSUGHA). She was the chairperson of the Women’s Championship, African Cup of Nations, (AFCON) hosted in Ghana. She is an Accredited Member of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR, Ghana); an Associate Member of Institute of Public Relations (IPR) Ghana and an Affiliate Member of the Journalists Association (GJA).
Hon. Dr. Freda Prempeh has attended a number of workshops and conferences, and received many awards in recognition of her undaunting leadership, dedication and selfless service and also promoting gender issues. Amongst the many awards are the Ultimate Woman Laureate, Orlando Spirit of Service Award, The Brong-Ahafo Young Adult Fellowship Award for Excellence, Distinguished Leadership Award for Excellence and the Ghana Nigeria Achievers Award.
Despite her busy schedule, she has very interesting hobbies which she usually engages in as a way of relaxation. Paramount of them are cooking, dancing, and watching movies and sports.
Hon. Abdulai Abanga
Hon. Abdulai Abanga is a Deputy Minister for Ministry of Works and Housing and a Member of Parliament for the Binduri Constituency in the Upper East Region since 7th January 2021 and currently serves on the Committee on Government Assurance as the Vice Chairman.
Hon. Abanga Abdulai was born on 25th May, 1970 in Akwatia, Eastern Region but hails from Binduri/Bawku in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
The Deputy Minister had his elementary education in Akwatia L/A Primary School and proceeded to Bansi Primary School in Binduri. He then proceeded to Bawku Junior High School and continued to Ghana Secondary School, Tamale, for his Secondary Education. He obtained a Diploma in Business Studies in Accounting at the Tamale Polytechnic and was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) Degree at the University of Cape Coast in 1998. Hon Abdulai holds a Master’s Degree in Development Finance, Professional Chartered Accountant Certificate in 2005 from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG).
He was the Finance Officer from January 2001 – March 2007 at the National Governance Programme (NGP) and the Management Accountant at the Millennium Challenge Account of the Ghana Programme from 2007 -2008.
He was appointed as the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Bawku Municipal Assembly from January 2008 to February 2009. For his efforts and resilience to work, he served as the Lead Consultant and Fund Manager for the Agriculture Credit Programme, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC, USA) Ghana Programme (MIDA) from February 2009 to February 2021.
At the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), he was also the Financial and Business Consultant. He served as the Financial Consultant/Facilitator for Radbdah Africa Build Ltd from 2011-2016 and later, became the Financial Consultant at the Cegelec Oil and Gas (multinational oil/gas company of Dubai, UAE and Paris, France) from 2013 – 2014. Hon. Abdulai Abanga founded the Savannah Microfinance Ltd (Bank of Ghana Regulated Finance Institution) in 2014.
Hon. Abanga was the Chief Executive Officer/Founder of the Banse Tropical Foods Ltd and Local Country Agent, Business and Financial Advisor, VDL Buses and Coaches, Belgium as well as Local Country Agent, Business and Financial Advisor at the Viabuild, a Belgium Construction Company in 2019. He was the Financial Consultant and Business Investment Facilitator in 2017.
He has participated in several conferences and capacity building programmes organised by the Africa Development Bank (ADB), Accra in (2001), Danida Fellowship Centre, Cowi Copenhagen Denmark in (2003), World Bank Ghana (2013) and Chartered Diploma in Oil and Gas Accounting also in (2013) at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG).