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Akufo-Addo appoints Ntim Fordjour as Deputy Education Minister

Assin South Constituency lawmaker, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Education to assist the substantive minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum.

Though the information Ministry is yet to officially make available to the public the Deputy Minister-designates of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his second term, we gather Ntim Fordjour is the President’s choice for the Deputy Minister position.

Sources close to the process who asked not to be identified disclosing the decision in advance. As they often do, cautioned that Akufo-Addo sometimes upends his own plans.

But added that without a shred of doubts that it is unlikely the President will rescind the appointment of the Assin South lawmaker.

The president’s advisors hope the selection will energize the sector which has been facing several challenges since the introduction of the Free Senior High School programme.

The nomination of Ntim Fordjour will kick off the beginning of a new era in the Education Ministry with his multifaceted academic background in Mineral Engineering, Economic Policy Management, and Foreign Policy.

Biography of John Ntim Fordjour

John Ntim Fordjour, the second-term Member of Parliament for Assin South Constituency has a multifaceted academic background in Mineral Engineering, Economic Policy Management, and Foreign Policy.

He has creditably acquitted himself as a legislator with a prior record of sterling mining career and entrepreneurship.

Born in Assin Kruwa on May 28, 1986, and raised in the same village till the age of 16, John Ntim Fordjour studied Science in Assin Manso SHS and was admitted to George Grant University of Mines & Technology (UMaT) at age 17 where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mineral Engineering at age 21.

Shortly after national service, Fordjour began his mining career as a Senior Training Officer in charge of Learning and Development at Gold Fields Ghana Ltd, Tarkwa Mine. In this role, he was responsible for the administration of the Learning & Development function of the mine and assisted in the development of effective learning and training policies and systems.

His exceptional dedication and competent delivery were soon recognized with an elevation to the role of Human Resources Superintendent for the same blue-chip mining firm responsible for the management of the HR function for the 4500 multicultural employees and contractors at the mine.

Key among his achievements include; his leadership in the delivery of Owner Maintenance Project (OMP), a major change management project which transitioned into the setting up of a newly established Heavy Maintenance & Equipment (HME) Department with 485 expatriates and critical local staff.

By providing mining and petroleum support services and security services through his private firms, Ntim Fordjour had employed 120 staff at age 25.

Ntim Fordjour has a Master of Arts  Degree (MA) in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Governance and Anti-Corruption Methods from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

He is currently at the concluding stage of his Ph.D. in Political Science (Foreign Policy Specialisation) with the University of Ghana, Legon, and will soon be defending his thesis.

In the 8th Parliament, Ntim Fordjour serves on the Appointments Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee. In the 7th Parliament, he was Chairman for Ghana-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Association and served as the Vice-Chairman of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Members Holding Offices of Profit, as well as Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

In 2019, he was appointed as Member of the Governing Board of Ghana Integrated Iron & Steel Development Corporation (GIISDEC) and subsequently became the Acting Board Chairman for same.

Renowned for his consistent and bold advocacy in resistance to the pressures of LGBTQI practices into the fabric Ghana’s societal values, Ntim Fordjour is also an ardent advocate for Science Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Ntim Fordjour is a minister of the gospel and serves as Senior Pastor of VBCI Higher Heights Sanctuary, East Legon.

He is married to the beautiful Tracy and blessed with 3 kids.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

 

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