An Insight Into The New Minority Leadership in Ghana’s Parliament
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made changes to the leadership hierarchy of the Minority Caucus in Parliament.
The party has introduced three individuals considered formidable in pushing its interests to victory come December 2024 general elections.
The Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam MP Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has taken over from Haruna Iddrisu as the new Minority Leader.
Ellembelle MP, Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah will replace James Klutse Avedzi as Deputy Minority Leader.
Kwame Agbodza is now the Chief Whip for the opposition side and will be deputized by Banda MP, Ahmed Ibrahim, and Ada legislator, Comfort Doyo Ghansah respectively.
According to the leadership of the NDC, the changes have nothing to do with the individual performances of the MPs but rather a response to the changes in the political arena.
Here are five things you didn’t know about the three new faces to lead the Minority caucus.
Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson
The 44-year-old legislator who hails from Ajumako Besease in the Central Region has a Ph.D. in Finance from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Oxford, UK, a Master of Science degree in Economics also from KNUST and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from London South Bank University.
Dr. Forson is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
He was the managing director of Forson Contracts Limited in the United Kingdom. He also served as the chief executive officer for Omega Africa Holding Limited.
Since becoming a Member of Parliament, he has served as a member of the following committees; Finance Committee, Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee, and Selection Committee.
Although his record has been impeccable, he is currently in court for allegedly causing financial loss to Ghana in the procurement of 200 ambulances between 2014 and 2016.
Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah
The 56-year-old new Deputy Minority leader who hails from Atuabo in the Western Region holds a law degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland, University College in the United States.
He was nominated by late President Atta Mills in 2009 to serve as deputy Minister of Energy. On 17 January 2013, Buah was named as Minister for Energy and Petroleum. It was at this period that the a;;-important Ghana National Gas Company was built.
His employment history includes; being a postmaster with US Postal Service and becoming a Member of Parliament in 2009.
Since joining Parliament in 2009, Mr. Buah has served on the Trade, Industry, and Tourism Committee (Ranking Member), the Privileges Committee, and the Mines and Energy Committee.
Kwame Governs Agbodza
The 49-year-old new Minority Chief whip is a native of the Adaklu Kordiabe township of Ho in the Volta Region.
He had his postgraduate Diploma in architecture at the University of Westminster and proceeded to have his Diploma in architecture at the University of East London. The Adaklu legislator returned to Ghana to have his Bachelor of Science degree in architecture at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Agbodza also attended the Royal Institute of British Architects to attain his chartered architecture certificate and got another chartered architecture certificate from the Ghana Institute of Architects.
Kwame Governs is managing director of Southworld Technical Services from 1999 to date. He is also the chief executive officer at Architects & Co partners from 2010 to date.
He has served as an MP for the 6th, 7th, and 8th Parliaments. He is the Ranking Member of the Roads and Transport Committee, a member of the Judiciary Committee, and the Environment, Science and Technology Committee.