When his name was mentioned as the man to take up the responsibility of managing the Upper West Region as minister, little did some people know that he was a true blue member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Although, he may not be known as a strong activist at the national level, this person has consistently been working for the NDC both at the regional and constituency levels, where his activism has been recognised and rewarded with the post of a regional minister.
Interacting with the Daily Graphic recently at his office in Wa, the regional minister could not hide his desire to bring development projects to the region, which would in the end improve on the standard of living of the people.
He called for co-operation of all stakeholders, no matter their political affiliation, to come on board to realise the dream of making the Upper West Region a worthy place to stay for all Ghanaians.
He expressed the hope that the cordial relationship that existed between the people of the Upper East and West regions was his trump card to enable him to succeed as the new regional minister.
Initially made the Upper East Regional minister where he hails from, he was reshuffled to the Upper West Region. This man is no other person than Dr Ephraim Aveah Nsoh.
Despite spending almost his working life in academia, he nevertheless has a strong party background and has contributed to the growth of the NDC in his home region of Upper East.
Dr Nsoh was a member of the Progressive Voluntary Organisation (June 4th Movement and the Association of the Committee of the Defence of the Revolution) and was subsequently in the mobilisation of community support for the election of mostly pro – PNDC and NDC assembly members for the Vea Electoral Area.
Until being nominated, vetted and appointed a regional minister, Dr Nsoh has since 1992 when the country was usshered into the current democratic dispensation, been a member of the Bongo Constituency campaign team of the NDC and at the same time provided intellectual, financial and material support to the party, mobilised grassroot support for the establishment of the party in
the Bongo Constituency of the Upper East Region.
He also mobilised various women into a formidable NDC umbrella group for the sustenance of the party in the Vea community while over the same period was the Upper East Regional youth team leader for the mobilisation of grassroot support for the NDC.
In 1995, he became the patron of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) of the University of Education, Winneba.
Born on August 25, 1963 in Accra, the current Upper West Regional minister, had his Ordinary and Advance Level education at the Notre Dame Seminary Secondary School and Ghana Secondary School in Navrongo and Tamale respectively after which in 1991 he went to the Universite’ de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for attestation in proficiency in French.
Dr Nsoh holds a Phd in Linguistics, M.A. and B.A. in Linguistics and French from the University of Ghana Legon. Until being appointed regional minister, he was a senior lecturer in Linguistics and Ghanaian Languages and Culture at the University of Education.
In terms of international exposure, he has travelled extensively to a number of countries, including Germany, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Greece, Benin, United Kingdom, and Norway, for international conferences.
One aspect of Dr Nsoh, unlike some politicians, is his affection for the media and no wonder, he has since 1993 been writing articles to the media.
These include articles on GBC Radio News Commentaries titled “Mother tongue language day, February 21, 2008”, “The role of the Local Languages and the education review committee, 1994 and “ Parliament and the 1993 Budget, 1993” He also wrote an article titled “Reconciliation : Debating the scope, , Public Agenda: April, 2002”.
Story: George Folley
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