CEPMLP Alumnus named as Minister Designate for Lands and Natural Resources in Ghana

The President of Ghana, Nana Akuffo Addo, has named John-Peter Amewu as the Minister designate for Lands and Natural Resources. John Peter Amewu was born in Hohoe, Volta Region in Ghana.  John-Peter Amewu is 48 years old and is married with three children. He has an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ghana. He also has a Postgraduate Degree (Executive MBA in International Energy Industry Management) and a Masters (Petroleum Law and Policy) from CEPMLP. He has more than 15 years’ experience in Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Development Organizations. John -Peter is a Cost Engineer by profession with broader knowledge in the Energy and Mining Industry.

He is a Co-founder of Africa Centre for Energy Policy –ACEP. Before engaging in full-time politics he worked as the Director of Policy and Research at ACEP where he provided pro-active and comprehensive policy related advice to support a variety of Government and Private Sector Projects. His contribution in providing solutions to the problems in the Energy Sector in Ghana has earned him both local and international acclamation and recognition. He was a former District Chief Executive of Hohoe Municipality in the erstwhile NPP administration and a Parliamentary candidate for Hohoe North Constituency in 2008. John Peter is known for his eloquence, pro-activeness, innovation and analytical skills, which have earned him accolades in the media. John–Peter Amewu is currently the Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Volta Region.

John-Peter’s contribution to securing the ruling New Patriotic Party is highly commended and much admired by the Party’s high ranking members and grassroots alike. One of his creative and innovative strategies was “Operation Eagle Eye” which sought to advocate and discourage Togolese citizens from crossing into Ghana to vote illegally (since it is not the their democratic right to exercise a voting franchise in Ghana). He also spearheaded the “Deterrence Togolese Re-registration Movement (DTRM)” a cleverly calculated movement which reduced the bloated Volta Region Voters Registration by a reasonable percentage. The DTRM goal was to be vigilant and reduce ghost names from the roster. This was another contributing factor that gave the New Patriotic Party a slim edge in the Region.

President Akufo-Addo has acknowledged that John Peter will be the most capable person to handle the Ministry considering his experience, knowledge and contribution to the Mining and Energy sectors in Ghana. In nominating and presenting John-Peter to the nation, the President described him as a “Doer” and a man who talks less and performs highly to expectation and he is happy that he will be heading the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.