NDC Mourns KwabenaAdjei

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has declared three days of mourning for its former Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, who died yesterday, at age 76.

“During this period all party flags should fly at half-mast and all party activities suspended,” the Party said in a statement.

The former Agric Minister in the regime, popularly referred to as “Wayoo! Wayo!” Dr. Adjeidied at the Greater Accra Regional [Ridge] Hospital in Accra.

The NDC was set to induct John Mahama as its flagbearer on today, but the news of Dr. Kwabena Adjei’s passing, has led to a postponement.

“On behalf of the party, the Functional Executive Committee takes this opportunity to convey our deepest and heartfelt condolence to the family of Dr. Kwabena Adjei. May his gentle soul Rest in Perfect Peace,” the statement added.

Dr. Kwabena Adjei until his passing was a member of the Council of Elders of the NDC, a former Member of Parliament for Biakoye Constituency, a Former PNDC Deputy Secretary for Volta Region and Former PNDC Deputy Secretary for Industries, Science & Technology.

He also served as a Former Minister for Lands & Forestry, Former Minister for Food & Agriculture and Former Minister for Parliamentary Affairs.

Mr. Adjei entered politics in 1978 and was elected as a Council Member of the Jasikan District Council in the Volta region.

He subsequently served as Member of Parliament for the Biakoye Constituency from 1993 to 1996. He was re-elected in 1996 and served in that position till 2004.

In that time, he served as First Deputy Majority Chief Whip from 1993 to 1994.

In 2005, he became the National Chairman for the NDC and served in that role till 2014.

Dr. KwabenaAdjei until his passing was a member of the Council of Elders of the party, a Former Member of Parliament for Biakoye Constituency, a Former PNDC Deputy Secretary for Volta Region and Former PNDC Deputy Secretary for Industries, Science & Technology. He also served as a Former Minister for Lands & Forestry, Former Minister for Food & Agriculture and Former Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the 4th Republic.

The Functional Executive Committee has declared three (3) days of mourning in memory of our Former Leader. During this period all party flags should fly at half-mast and all party activities suspended.

As a consequence, the NEC Meeting and the Induction Ceremony of the Flagbearer scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday 13th March 2019 has been postponed and a new date will be communicated in due course.

Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, on behalf of the party, the Functional Executive Committee conveyed its deepest and heartfelt condolence to the family of Dr. KwabenaAdjei asking his gentle soul, to rest in perfect peace.

Born on March 9, 1943, Dr.KwabenaAdjei is credited with several unique achievements as an executive appointee and an NDC party man from 1987 to 2019.

Especially, it was during his supervision as National Chairman that the NDC returned to power through Election 2008, which was marginally won by the late President J.E.A. Mills.

He succeeded Dr. Obed Asamoah as National Chairman of the NDC in 2005 at the “famous” Koforidua Congress which also saw General Mosquito (Johnson AsieduNketia] becoming General Secretary of the party.

When he entered politics in 1987, Dr.Adjei was instrumental in stabilizing the governance of the Volta Region where appointee changes had become the order of the day and a destabilizing force in 1987 and discharged his obligations as a Deputy Minister or as a substantive Minister wherever he was appointed.

Among other things, he is credited for being politically instrumental in diffusing the “time bomb” planted by the breakaway Reform Party to weaken or disintegrate the NDC around 1998-99 and led the NDC to resurrect from its slumber and shutters in opposition to a marginal electoral victory in 2008.

DrAdjei led the NDC to retain power in 2012 and was deposed by Mr Kofi Portuphy as chairman.

He hailed from NkonyaNtsumuru in the Volta Region and was an academician, politician and a businessman.

Educational Qualifications

  • 1978: MBA (Marketing Option): University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.
  • 1973 PhD (Research Methods & Statistics in Psychology): University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
  • 1970: BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
  • 1964/65: GCE “A” Level—London (Private Tuition), British School of Careers, UK.
  • 1964: GCE “O” Level—London (Private Tuition), Rapid Results College, UK.
  • 1960: MSLC—West African Examinations Council, Accra, Ghana.

Occupational Background

Full-Time Teaching Engagements

  • 1981/1986: Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Sociology, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
  • 1974/1981: Lecturer in Psychology, University Of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
  • 1974/1976: Lecturer, Educational/Child Psychology, University of Cape Coast.
  • Lecturer, External Degree Centre, Institute of Adult Education, Accra, Ghana.
    Lecturer, School of Social Welfare, Osu, Accra.

Free Utility Teaching Engagements

1981/1986: Lecturer in Social Psychology of Communication, University of Maiduguri Borno, State Nigeria.
Lecturer in Research Methods in Political Science for MA Degree Students, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
1974/80: Lecturer in Introductory Psychology for Nursing Students, University of Ghana, Legon.
Lecturer in Introductory Psychology for Certificate Courses in Prisons Administration, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.

Courses taught while in academia

  1. Psychology– a. Experimental Psychology,  b. Industrial Psychology, c. Social Psychology, d. Abnormal Psychology
  2. Social Statistics For Social Scientists
  3. Social Research Methods
  4. Sociology & Anthropology
  5. Communications

Political Administration

  • 1978/1979: Elected Council Member: Jasikan District Council, Jasikan, Volta, Region, Ghana.
  • 1979-1981: Parliamentary Candidate Biakoye for the Popular Front Party
  • 1986-1987: PNDC Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister of State) for the Volta Region, Republic Of Ghana.
  • 1987-1992: PNDC Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister of State) for Industries, Science & Technology, Republic Of Ghana.
  • 1998/1992: Member Of Committee Of Secretaries (The PNDC Cabinet),
  • 1992: Key Member since the founding of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 1992.
  • 1993/1996: Member of Parliament (MP) for the Biakoye Constituency,

Parliament of the 4th Republic Of Ghana.

  • 1993/1994: First Deputy Majority Chief Whip: Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 1994: Majority Chief Whip: Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 1994: Deputy Minister for Lands & Forestry: Republic Of Ghana.
  • 1994/1996: Minister for Lands & Forestry: Republic Of Ghana.
  • 1996/2000: Member of Parliament (MP) for the Biakoye, Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 1997/1998: Cabinet Minister for Lands & Forestry, Republic of Ghana.
  • 1998: Cabinet Minister for Food & Agriculture, Republic of Ghana.
  • 1998/2000: Leader of The House (Majority Leader): Parliament of 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 1998/2000: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Forth Republic of Ghana Chairman of Business Committee, Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana. Member of Select Committee, Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 2001/2004: Member of Parliament (MP) for the Biakoye Constituency, Parliament Of The Fourth Republic of Ghana. Member of Finance Committee, Parliament, Republic of the
    4th Republic of Ghana Member of Health Committee, Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 2005 Till Date: National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)
  • 2009 Till Date: Chairman of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).

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