Dan Botwe

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Dan Botwe
Minister for Information and National Orientation
In office
2006–2007
PresidentJohn Kufuor
Preceded byKwamina Bartels
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
January 2009
PresidentJohn Evans Atta Mills John Dramani Mahama Nana Akufo-Addo
Preceded byBrandford Kwame Daniel Adu
Minister for Minister for RRaD
Assumed office
February 2017
PresidentNana Akufo-Addo
Personal details
Born
Dan Kweku Botwe

(1958-02-26) February 26, 1958 (age 61)
Ghana
NationalityGhanaian
Political partyNew Patriotic Party
Children3
Alma materAchimota School
ProfessionICT specialist

Daniel Kweku Botwe (born February 26, 1958) is a Ghanaian ICT specialist and politician.[1] He is the incumbent Member of Parliament of Okere constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana.[2] He served as Minister of Communications in the John Agyekum Kufour administration and as of 2017 is the Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development in the Nana Akufo-Addo administration.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Dan Kwaku Botwe was born on February 26, 1958, in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He was enrolled at the Presbyterian Primary and Middle Schools at Mabang in the Ahafo-Ano District of the Ashanti Region for his primary education. He obtained his GCE Ordinary level certificate at Kumasi Academy, and his GCE Advanced level certificate in 1977 from Achimota School. He gained admission into the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.[1]

Working life[edit]

In 1985, Botwe was employed by the Ghana Cocobod as a computer analyst. He worked there until 1993, when he entered private business. He was appointed director of Danmaud Limited, a private company in Accra.[1]

Political life[edit]

While at KNUST, he was elected as the national secretary of the National Union of Ghana Students from 1982 to 1983. His election coincided with the beginning of the military rule led by the Provisional National Defence Council. His activism and criticism of the ruling elite resulted in him being targeted as a troublemaker. He was sentenced to exile with other Ghanaians to the Ivory Coast.[1] He later returned to Ghana to take up an appointment as a computer analyst.

Botwe contested and won the New Patriotic Party General Secretary election in 1998.[4] He was instrumental in the election of John Kufour as President of Ghana in the 2000 general election.[1] He served in various other capacities in the party, including the National Treasurer of the Youth Wing of the New Patriotic Party, and Director of Operations and Research at the National Headquarters.[1][4] He has been described by President Akufo-Addo as "a heavy hitter, a political weight", for his achievement in taking the New Patriotic Party out of the opposition and into the government in 2001.[5]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Dan Botwe contested the parliamentary election in Okere in 2008 after the incumbent, Brandford Kwame Daniel Adu, had decided to step down as the constituency's parliamentarian. Botwe obtained 11,974 votes out of the 19,684 total votes cast, representing 60.8% of the vote, to become the new member of parliament. He went on to win two successive parliamentary elections in 2012 and 2016.[1]

He was the minority chief whip in the 6th Parliament from 2013 to 2017.[4] As MP he has contributed to the development of his constituency in several ways. He promised his support for Dreams FC, a Ghana Premier League team that plays their home game at Dawu, a town in his constituency.[6]

Flag bearer ambition[edit]

Botwe contested the 2007 New Patriotic Party primaries for flag bearer. The primaries were organized to find a replacement for John Agyekum Kufour, who had served his full term as the party's flag bearer and President of Ghana. The contest pitched 16 other aspirants against Botwe. The elections took place in Accra on 22 December 2007.[7] Botwe had asserted that the flag bearer position needed a youthful person and should not be considered as a "retirement package" for the aged.[7] He lost the election to Nana Akufo-Addo.[4]

Minister of Information[edit]

From 2006 to 2007 Botwe served as the Minister for Information in the John Agyekum Kufour administration. He succeeded Kwamina Bartels.[8][9]

Minister for Regional Reorganisation[edit]

In January 2017, President Akufo-Addo named Botwe as the Minister for the newly created Ministry of Regional Reorganization and Development. Akufo-Addo created the ministry to oversee the division of several regions in the country in fulfillment of one of his political promises. The Volta region will be redrawn to create the Oti region, and the Western region will be redrawn to create the Western-north region.[5]

Cabinet minister[edit]

In May 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Dan Botwe as one of 19 ministers who would form his cabinet.[10] The names of the 19 ministers were submitted to the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye.[10] As a Cabinet minister, Dan Botwe is part of the inner circle of the president and will aid in key decision-making activities in the country.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Botwe is married with three children. He is a Christian with the Presbyterian denomination.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Daniel Botwi". Ghana MPS. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Okere NPP congratulates Dan Botwe". Vibe Ghana. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ "2nd Ministerial list out: Akufo-Addo creates new ministries, re-aligns old". My Joy Online. 2017-01-11. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Profile of 2nd Batch of Ministers". Ghana News Agency. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "2nd Ministerial list out: Akufo-Addo creates new ministries, re-aligns old". My Joy Online. 2017-01-11. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  6. ^ "MP for Okere Constituency Hon. Dan Botwe pledges support for Premier League newcomers Dreams FC". Ghana Soccer Net. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Presidency not retirement package – NPP Dan Botwe". Ghana Politics Online. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Akufo-Addo Team Rejects Dan Botwe". The Herald Ghana. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  9. ^ "10 Ministers to lose jobs?". Representative Council of Ghanaian Organizations in the Netherlands. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  10. ^ a b c Citi FM Online. "Arts Minister Catherine Afeku makes it to Cabinet". Ghana Web. Retrieved 7 July 2017.