Paul Evans Aidoo

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Hon.
Paul Evans Aidoo
Member of the Ghana Parliament
for Sefwi-Wiawso
Incumbent
Assumed office
Jan 2005
Preceded by Isaac Kobina Nyame-Ofori
Western Region Minister
In office
Jan 2009 – Mar 2013
President John Atta Mills
Preceded by Evans A. Amoah
Succeeded by Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo
Brong-Ahafo Region Minister
In office
Mar 2013 – Mar 2014
President John Dramani Mahama
Preceded by Twumasi Marfo
Succeeded by Kofi-Eric Opoku Manu
Western Region Minister
Incumbent
Assumed office
Mar 2014
President John Dramani Mahama
Preceded by Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo
Personal details
Born (1958-08-04) August 4, 1958 (age 55)
Sefwi-Ewiase, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party National Democratic Congress
Children 8
Residence Sakumono Estate, Accra
Alma mater Enchi Teacher Training College
Occupation Teacher
Committees Subsidiary Legislation Committee
Local Government and Rural Development
Religion Catholic

Paul Evans Aidoo (born 4 August 1958) is a Ghanaian teacher and politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Sefwi-Wiawso and is the Minister for the Western Region of Ghana. Prior to heading the Western Region, he was the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister. He has been condemned for "promoting hatred" by Ghana's Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights after the minister urged people to report suspected homosexuals. "All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society," he said.[1]

Early life in education[edit]

Paul Aidoo was born at Sefwi-Ewiase in the Sefwi-Wiawso District of the Western Region of Ghana. He studied privately for the General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level in 1980. He attended the Enchi Teacher Training College between 1977 and 1981, qualifying with Teachers’ Certificate’A’.[2]

Occupation[edit]

Aidoo worked as a teacher between 1981 and 1985. He then worked with the National Mobilization Programme as a District Liaison Officer between 1985 and 1997. Between 1997 and 2001, he was a District Chief Executive with the Ministry of Local Government. From 2002 to 2004, he was a headmaster with the Ghana Education Service.[2]

Politics[edit]

Aidoo is a member of the National Democratic Congress and won the Sefwi-Wiawso seat in the Ghanaian parliamentary election in 2004.[3] He retained his seat in the 2008 election.[4] In 2009, he was appointed Western Regional Minister by the President of Ghana, John Atta Mills and in March 2013, he was appointed Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister then re-appointed as Western Regional Minister in March 2014 by the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama. In July 2011, he called for Ghana's Bureau of National Investigations to arrest all homosexuals in the Western Region and asked landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.[5] He was reported as saying, "Once they have been arrested, they will be brought before the law". (A provision in the criminal code section of Ghana's 1992 constitution condemns "unnatural carnal knowledge". The constitution guarantees human rights "regardless of race, place of origin, political opinion, colour, religion, creed or gender", but not sexuality).[6]

Personal[edit]

Aidoo is married with eight children. He is a Catholic.[7]

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Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Isaac Kobina Nyame-Ofori
Member of Parliament for Sefwi-Wiawso
2005 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Evans A. Amoah
Western Regional Minister
2009 – 2013
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo
Preceded by
Twumasi Marfo
Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister
2013 – 2014
Succeeded by
Kofi-Eric Opoku Manu
Preceded by
Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo
Western Regional Minister
2014 – present
Incumbent