Happy Birthday To The Legend
(Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto)
By: Chairman Opambour
Many years ago, a Legend was specially gifted to this country.
Nature brought into the world an intelligent but a principled young boy who would later grow up to become an astute political icon and a patriotic nationalist whose intellectual prowess and ingenuity would transform Ghana’s Agricultural Sector, and make it the strongest and most viable economic pillar for Ghana’s development.
Dr Owusu Afiriyie Akoto was born on 19th October 1949 to Okyeame Baffour Osei Akoto, a prominent founder of the pre-independence National Liberation Movement (NLM) and also a Chief Linguist at the Manhyia Palace.
Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto had his secondary school education at the Opoku Ware School,Kumasi. He had his tertiary education at the University of Ghana, Legon, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.
He then studied at the Cambridge University, UK, where he obtained a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics. He also had his Doctor of Philosophy degree in the year 1985 at the same Cambridge University.
Dr. Afiriyie Akoto was employed by the International Coffee Organization in London,England. He held several top notch positions such as Economist, Senior Economist, Principal Economist, and Chief Economic Advisor.
He also served as a Consultant to the World Bank (a United Nations agency) on soft commodities- namely, Cocoa, Coffee and Sugar.
After working for over eighteen (18) years abroad, Dr. Akoto returned to Ghana where from 1995 to 2008, he served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Goldcrest Commodities Limited and Plantation Resources Limited.
Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto is one of the founding members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) whose commitment, dedication, loyalty and financial contributions towards the growth and development of the party is worthy of emulations.
He was the Member of Parliament for our beloved Kwadaso Constituency from 2009 to 2017.
So far, he is the only politician to have been privileged to be elected two consecutive terms as Member of Parliament for one of the hottest parliamentary seats in Ghana politics (Kwadaso Constituency).
As a Cabinet Minister in President Akufo Addo led administration and the Minister in charge of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto is the main brain behind most of the success stories chalked in the agricultural sector, such as the Planting For Food & Jobs (which is the backbone of the government flagship programmes like the Free SHS and the 1D1F), the unprecedented record of almost 1.4 million metric tonnes of cocoa, the setting up of pension funds for our cocoa farmers, the setting up of Tree Crop Development Authority, etc.
Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto’s competence and ingenuity at the Agric ministry has earned him several global awards as Ghana’s Best Agric Minister Ever.
As today marks the birthday of such a great asset, all we pray for, is God’s continuous blessings and good health for him.
May all your dreams and aspirations be made a reality.
Continue to be the hope and pillar for our party Grassroots.
Once again,happy birthday to you, our Legend.