Four groups within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region have unanimously endorsed Salifu Saeed’s nomination as the Northern Regional Minister-designate.
These include the United Zongo for Bawumia, NPP Northern Region Constituency Chairmen caucus, the party’s regional secretariat and Kukuo NPP youth.
Mr. Saeed, if approved by Parliament’s Appointments Committee, would be the first Northern Regional Minister from the Nanung traditional area since the country’s Fourth Republic dispensation.
The groups in an interview after President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the nomination of ten regional ministers on Tuesday, said Mr. Saeed, the former Nanumba North (Bimbila) District Chief Executive, was the appropriate choice for the region.
The spokesperson of the United Zongo for Bawumia, Abdul Karim Oliver, stated that, “Salifu Saeed’s appointment reaffirms the President’s commitment to the four paramountcies in the Northern Region comprising Dagbon, Mamprugu, Yagbong and Nanung”.
“Mr. Saeed presided over a district that was sharply divided as a result of a protracted chieftaincy dispute, and united the factions to the best of his ability and admiration of all.
It is these excellent leadership qualities, vast experience, hard work and service above self that the United Zongo for Bawumia never thought the President was wrong in making this decision,” Mr. Oliver emphasised.
The Northern Region NPP Constituency Chairmen caucus described Mr Saeed as a time-tested politician, and a unifier capable of administering the region.
The spokesperson, Imoro Issahaku Jamal Olando, reposed confidence in Mr. Salifu Saeed’s ability to galvanise the people for constructive purposes.
He pledged the NPP leadership’s unflinching support to enable him deliver on his mandate.
Salifu Saeed, who is affectionately called “You can be sure,” was born in Bimbila.
He was the Nanumba North District Chief Executive during the erstwhile Kufour-led NPP administration.
He was campaign assistant to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s 2016 campaign team and doubled as a member of the NPP 2016 Manifesto Committee on Infrastructure.
Salifu Saeed until his appointment was the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Commodities and Logistics Company Limited.
He was a Co-Director of the Savannah Integrated Rural Development Aid and also served as Programmes Officer, Action Aid/Community Action for Development Partnership.
He holds Masters in Development Management (with Research) from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
He acquired B.A Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies (UDS).
As a social development expert, he would be coordinating 26 districts in the region. He said one of his priority areas would be poverty reduction.