General News of Saturday, 8 December 2018
Ghana’s Former President John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor celebrates his 80th Birthday today December 8, 2018 (born 8 December 1938)
The retired Ghanaian Politician and Statesman served as the second President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana (2001–09) on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP)
He also served as Chairperson of the African Union (2007–08) and advanced the course of the union as its leader.
His victory over John Atta Mills now late after the end of Jerry Rawlings’ second term marked the first peaceful democratic transition of power in Ghana since the country’s independence in 1957.
Under his tenure, he implemented a number of pro-poor policies including the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the defunct National Youth Employment Programme now Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) among others.