Mr. Ishmael Ashitey, who once served as a Greater Accra Regional Minister, has died.
The former Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party, according to information trickling in, died at the Tema General Hospital today, Friday, 7 January 2022.
The 68-year-old politician had been ill for some time now.
He recently returned from a medical trip to the USA.
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 his quest for further knowledge, He entered the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
He holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from GIMPA. Ishmael Ashitey, as a Mechanical Engineer, has worked in many organizations in and outside the country.
Notable amongst them are Tema Steel Works, Accra Brewery Limited in Ghana, Tecnofin Nederlands, and General Establishment for Plastics & Industries all in Libya.
Since joining the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 1992, Hon. Ashitey has through hard work, commitment, and dedication risen through the rank and file of the party.
He has served as a 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.
During the 2016 elections, Hon. Ashitey as the Regional Chairman of NPP led his party to retain and regain most of the Parliamentary seats in Greater Accra which eventually helped the party to attain victory.
Until his demise, he was a Member of (NEC) NPP and a member of the NPP National Council.
Hon. Ishmael Ashitey is a Presbyterian and enjoys reading, swimming, walking, and listening to good music.
He was married with four children.