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Profile of Bawumia’s running mate Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Originating from Pakyi No. 2 in the Ashanti Region, Matthew Opoku Prempeh was born on May 23, 1968 in Ashanti New Town, a suburb of Kumasi.

He attended KNUST Primary School for his elementary education and Prempeh College for his middle school education, both located in Kumasi.

At Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), he majored in Human Biology and Medicine, earning his MB CHB in 1994. In 1998, he pursued graduate studies at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences, earning an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology. In the UK, he continued his postgraduate surgical studies.

Career and political life

After working with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom for some time, he returned to Ghana in 2005 to pursue a career in business and more importantly in politics. He successfully became the Member of Parliament for Manhyia in 2009. Before entering Parliament after winning the Manhyia South seat in 2008, he was the chief executive officer of Keyedmap Security Services Limited from 2004 to 2009. He also served as a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2003.

He was elected to Parliament in 2008 on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party. He was re-elected with 35,958 votes, or 87.17% of the votes in the 2016 parliamentary elections and also won the 2020 contest overwhelmingly. Ahead of the 2012 elections, the constituency was divided into two, and in those elections, he won the newly created Manhyia South constituency, which he retained in 2016 and 2020.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointed him as Minister of Education during his first term. As Education Minister, Napo, as he is affectionately called, spearheaded the implementation of the famous Free Senior High School policy. Under Dr. Prempeh, the successful implementation of the government’s flagship Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy saw the country’s SHS population leap from 800,000 in 2016 to 1.2 million by January 2021.

Prior to his appointment as Minister for Education in 2017, he was a member of the Defence and Interior Committee and the Appointments Committee.

The President appointed him during his second term in 2021 to head the Ministry of Energy after the NPP retained power in the 2020 elections.

Profile of Bawumia’s running mate Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Becoming NPP’s running mate

Matthew Opoku Prempeh became one of the frontrunners for the NPP’s running mate with the party’s flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia engaging President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, June 25 at the Jubilee House.

His name was submitted for consideration during the said meeting which was approved by the President.

A final decision was eventually taken by the party’s national council at Alisa Hotel on Thursday, July 4.

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