Former Greater Accra Regional Minister; Ishmael Ashitey has been reported dead.
Sources indicate that the erstwhile Regional Minister and staunch member of the New Patriotic Party passed away at the Tema General Hospital, Friday, January 7, 2022 after flying back from the United States about a week ago to seek treatment after a short illness.
He was 68 years of age and left behind his wife and four children.
Member of the New Patriotic Party’s governing council, the former Regional Minister aspired to contest for the regional chairmanship of the party. He believed that the governing NPP could be the first party to secure a third term in office, making allusions to the parliamentary representations that increased under his tenure as regional minister for the Greater Accra Region.
PROFILE OF MR. ASHITEY
Mr Ashitey was born on the 20th of November, 1954 at Tema in the Greater Region.
He had his primary and middle school education at the Manhean Middle Mixed School in Tema. After successfully completing his studies for the middle school leaving certificate, he went to Kpando Technical Institute in the Volta region and then to the Accra Polytechnic for a course in mechanical engineering.
In the quest for further knowledge, He entered the the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
Notably amongst places Mr. Ashitey has worked are Tema Steel Works, Accra Brewery Limited in Ghana, Tecnofin Nederlands and General Establishment for Plastics & Industries all in Libya.
He was Member of Parliament for Tema East on three consecutive occasions from 1996 to 2008.
In Parliament, he served on the Mines and Energy, Foreign Affairs, Government’s Assurances and the House committees, among others.
Hon. Ashitey served as a Minister of State at the Ministries of Food and Agriculture and Trade, Industry & President’s Special Initiatives under the leadership and government of H.E John Agyekum Kuffour.