The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has honoured the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, aka ‘Napo’, for his hard work, dedication and unique leadership qualities that has transformed the educational sector in the country.
In a citation presented to him at the National UTAG Conference, the association described Dr Prempeh as a true leader, who can easily sail through in good and bad times, and thus deserved commendation and support from all. The honor also seek to appreciate the extraordinary support for the course.
The citation, which was read by the outgoing UTAG National President, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah, also praised the minister for being a listening and visionary leader, whose expertise had helped to uplift the standards of education in the country.
Part of the citation read “You have proven to be a true friend of the UTAG fraternity. Your composure in times of crises situations sets you apart as true leader. There is no doubt that your ministry is one of the most challenging entities at this time in Ghana. Many are those who have gone ahead of you, who did not survive this long in office.”
Matthew Opoku Prempeh, (born 23 May 1968) is the current Education Minister of Ghana. As a Ghana parliamentarian, he represents Manhyia South in Kumasi, formerly representing Manhyia. He was first elected to parliament in 2008 and is a member of the New Patriotic Party. In 2016, he was re-elected with 35,958 votes, or 87.17% of the votes cast in the district.
Prempeh studied human biology and medicine at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, later continuing post-graduate studies at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Prior to parliament, he served as CEO of Keyedmap Security Services Limited from 2004 to 2009 and as a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2003. He identifies as a Christian and is a nephew of the former Ghanaian president, John Kufuor.