In this publication, KNUST NOTICE BOARD will discuss one of KNUST famous alumni, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang.
Hackman Owusu-Agyemang (born November 22, 1941) is a Ghanaian politician and former member of Parliament for New Juabeng North constituency of the eastern region of Ghana. He is a member of the 3rd parliament of the 4th republic of Ghana, a former Minister of Water, Works and Housing, and a former minister of foreign affairs. He is currently the Chairman of the Council of Elders of the New Patriotic Party and board chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board.
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Early Life and Education
Hackman Owusu-Agyemang was born on 22 November 1941 at Effiduase- Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He attained senior high school education at St. Augustine’s College (Cape Coast). Between 1961 and 1965, he proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.
He then studied at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, where he obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Planning. He then went further to Wye College at the University of London in the United Kingdom, where he attained a Master’s degree in Agriculture in 1969.
Agyemang is an expert in agriculture. He began his career in 1965 at the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture as an agricultural economist. He relocated to the Rome, Italy-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1970. He held a number of positions, including Economist at the Economic Analysis Division, Field Programme Officer, and then FAO-Regional Co-operation and Liaison Officer in charge of Africa.
He started serving as the FAO delegate in Trinidad and Tobago and Zambia after 1979. In 1984, he was appointed Chief Regional Bureau for Africa.
Owusu-Agyemang is a politician of the new patriotic party and became the Member of Parliament for the New Juabeng North constituency after contesting in the 1996 Ghanaian parliamentary elections which he won with 11,629 making 52.60% of the total valid votes cast. He held on to the seat in the 2000 Ghanaian general elections by winning 73% equivalent to 4,499 of the total valid votes cast.
He maintained his seat again in the 2004 Ghanaian general elections with 71.30% of the total votes cast. After the NPP won the December 2000 elections, he was appointed the Foreign Minister from January 2001 to April 2003. He then became the Minister for Interior for two years. From 2005 until 2007, he was the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing in the Kufuor government. In 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed him as Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board.
Hackman has won the seat of the member of parliament for the New Juabeng North constituency for three consecutive times. In the 2000 Ghanaian general elections, he was chosen over Samuel Mcneil Nimo of the National Democratic Congress. Other opponents included Joseph Obeng of the National Reform Party, Samuel Effah Krofah of the People’s National Convention and Yaw Oti-Dankese of the Convention People’s Party.
He polled 14,499 votes of the total valid votes cast. This is equivalent to 73.00%. Mr. Nimo had 4,286, Joseph had 621,Effah Krofah had 272 and Oti-Dankese had 178. These votes are equal to 21.60%, 3.10%,1.40% and 0.90% respectively.
Awards and Recognition
2020 Ghana Cocoa Awards: Excellence in Leadership in terms Translational Policies.
Hackman lost his wife, Comfort Owusu-Agyemang on Thursday, August 25, 2022.Follow us on Whatsapp , Instagram, Twitter , Facebook