Paa Kwesi Nduom

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Hon.
Paa Kwesi Nduom
MP
Member of Parliament
for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem
In office
January 2005 – January 2009
Preceded by Ato Quarshie
Succeeded by Joseph Samuel Annan
Majority 15,554
Personal details
Born Joseph Hubster Yorke Jr.
(1953-02-15) 15 February 1953 (age 61)
Elmina, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party Progressive People's Party
Other political
affiliations
Convention People's Party
(until Jan 2012)
Spouse(s) Mrs. Yvonne Nduom
Children Nana Kweku, Edjah, Papa Wassa and Nana Aba
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
Profession Business consultant and politician
Religion Catholic
Website http://www.nduom.com/

Paa Kwesi Nduom or Papa Kwesi Nduom, (born February 15, 1953) is a business consultant and politician. He is the Progressive People's Party's aspiring candidate for president. In 2008, he was the Convention People's Party's nominee to contest the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2008. He is also the current member of parliament for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem constituency and has served as minister of state in various portfolios in the Kufuor government between 2001 and 2007. He was named after his father as Joseph Hubster Yorke Jr.

Early life and education[edit]

Paa Kwesi Nduom was born at Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana.[1] He had his secondary education at the St. Augustine's College in Cape Coast, where he obtained both the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary and Advanced Levels. He proceeded to the United States where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1975. He subsequently went on to get a Master's degree in Management (1977) and a Ph.D (Service Delivery Systems) in 1982 at the same university.[1]

Career[edit]

Nduom started work as a life insurance underwriter with the North Western Mutual Life Insurance Company between 1975 and 1978. Over the next year, he worked with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin. In 1979, he joined the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District as a Budget and Management Analyst.[1] In 1981, he joined Deloitte and Touche as an associate consultant, rising to become a partner in the Milwaukee office of the firm by 1986. In 1992, he helped establish the Deloitte & Touche, West Africa Consulting.[2]

He served as a board member for Fan Milk Ghana Limited, Edinaman Secondary School and the Ghana Heritage and Conservation Trust.

Politics[edit]

District Assembly

His active role in politics began in 1997 when he was elected as a member of the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem District Assembly for the Akotobinsin Electoral Area.[3]

National politics

In December 2000, he unsuccessfully contested the Ghanaian parliamentary elections for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem constituency on the ticket of the Convention People's Party (CPP). He lost to the incumbent MP, Ato Quarshie of the National Democratic Congress by a margin of 2.6% of the valid votes cast.[4] Two months later however, he was appointed by President John Kufuor as the Minister for Energy although he was not a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party. He also served during this period as the Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission.[5][6] During a cabinet reshuffle in April 2003, Nduom became the Minister for Energy.[7][8] 18 months later, he again contested the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem seat in the Ghanaian parliamentary election in December 2004 and this time round, he won with a majority of 15,554 (33.6%).[9][10] At the time, he served as the chairman of the Organising Committee of the CPP. Early in President Kufuor's second term of office, Nduom became the Minister for Public Sector Reform.[11] He continued in this capacity till July 2007 when he resigned from government to seek his party's nomination to stand as the CPP presidential candidate.[12]

Bid for president

In December 2007, Nduom was nominated by the CPP to contest the December 2008 presidential election.[13][14] Nduom lost the elections, getting less than 1% of the vote.[15] During the CPP party elections of 2011, Candidates reportedly supported by Paa Kwesi Nduom including then Chairman Ladi Nylander lost to newer candidates including Samia Nkrumah daughter of Ghana first president Kwame Nkrumah[16] Months later Paa Kwesi Nduom was accused by the Convention People's Party of going against the party's regulations.[17] Paa Kwesi Nduom subsequently issued statements, first asking his supporters to stop working against the party, then later issued a statement which though did not talk of a breakaway, to all intents and purposes appeared to do so. In January 2012, Paa Kwesi Nduom formed his own party to contest the 2012 elections, the Progressive People's Party.[18] The CPP subsequently threw him out[19]

Family[edit]

Nduom is married to Mrs. Yvonne Nduom, a management specialist and graduate of the Cape Coast University in Ghana and the University of Wisconsin in the United States.[20] They are married with four children, Nana Kweku Nduom, Edjah Kweku Nduom, Papa Wassa Chiefy Nduom, and Nana Aba Nduom. Nana Kweku is married to Esinam Julia Nduom (née Baeta) and they have a daughter, Maame Adjoa Kakraba Nduom. Edjah is married to Kelley Nduom (née Coleman).[21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Minister of Planning and Regional Integration - Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom". Famous Ghanaians. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Professional Career". Nduom official website. Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Nduom in Government: 2001 - 2007". Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Republic of Ghana - Legislative Election of 7 December 2000". Adam Carr's Election Archives. Archived from the original on 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  5. ^ Frank Agyei Twum (2007-07-11). "Nduom is out". News Comment. The Statesman. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  6. ^ "MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC PLANNING & REGIONAL COOPERATION FEBRUARY 2001 – APRIL 2003". Nduom official website. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Government names new Cabinet". General News of Tuesday, 1 April 2003 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  8. ^ "Minister for Energy - APRIL 2003 - JANUARY 2005". Nduom official website. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  9. ^ "Elections 2004 - Ghana's Parliamentary and Presidential Elections". Parliamentary Election Results for Region Central by the Electoral Commission. Electoral Commission of Ghana, with support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Accra. November 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Parliamentary Results Komenda/Edina Eguafo/Abirem (Central Region)". Results Parliamentary Elections (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Kufuor restructures ministerial team". General News of Friday, 28 April 2006 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  12. ^ "Nduom quits government". Press Review of Tuesday, 10 July 2007 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  13. ^ "Nduom wins CPP race". General News of Monday, 17 December 2007 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  14. ^ "Paa Kwesi Nduom Wins CPP Race". Politics,General News (VibeGhana.com). 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  15. ^ http://politics.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201106/68410.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/features/artikel.php?ID=221196.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ http://asedafmonline.com/enough-nduom%E2%80%99s-nonsense-must-stop-samia-nkrumah/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=227025,http://politics.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201201/79335.php,http://gbcghana.com/index.php?id=1.724848.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ http://www.ghanatoghana.com/Ghanahomepage/cpp-elders-sack-dr-paa-kwesi-nduom.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Mrs. Yvonne Nduom". Nduom official website. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  21. ^ "The Children". Nduom official website. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 

See also[edit]

External links and sources[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Kwamena Ahwoi
Minister for Economic Planning & Regional Cooperation
20011 – 2003
Succeeded by
Kofi Konadu Apraku
Preceded by
Albert Kan Dapaah
Minister for Energy
20032 – 2005
Succeeded by
Mike Oquaye
Preceded by
Joseph Henry Mensah
Minister for Public Sector Reform
20053 – 20074
Succeeded by
Samuel Owusu-Agyei
Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Ato Quarshie
Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem constituency
20055 – 2009
Succeeded by
Joseph Samuel Annan
Party political offices
Preceded by
George Aggudey
Convention People's Party Presidential Candidate
20086
Succeeded by
Michael Abu Sakara Foster
New title Progressive People's Party Presidential Candidate
2012
Incumbent
Notes and references
1. Nduom is out - Statesman Online
2. Government names new Cabinet - Ghanaweb.com
3. Kufuor restructures ministerial team - Ghanaweb.com
4. Nduom quits government - Ghanaweb.com
5. Parliamentary Results Komenda/Edina Eguafo/Abirem (Central Region) - Ghanaweb.com
6. Nduom wins CPP race - Ghanaweb.com