Former Energy Minister during the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration, Emmanuel Armah Kofi-Buah has been recognized with Minister’s of State Excellence award for his leadership that brought major transformation to the country’s energy sector.
The awards, the Ghana Minister’s of State Excellence Awards organised by Big Events Ghana, seeks to recognise and reward the extraordinary works of past and present ministers of State who have distinguished themselves whiles in office.
An elated Armah Kofi-Buah dedicated his award to all who have played diverse roles during his tenure at the Ministry and Energy and Petroleum as Deputy Minister between 2009 and 2012 and later as Minister between 2013 and 2016.
The four term Ellembele lawmaker is credited to have played keys as Minister in the enactment of transformational policies and laws including the Petroleum Revenue Management Act, Act 815, Petroleum Local Content Participation Regulations, 2013, LI 2204, the establishment of the Petroleum Commission- a legacy entity, promoting the participation of indigenous Ghanaians into exploration among several others.
Last night Saturday 15th of May 2021,at a colorful ceremony organized by Big Events Ghana, Despite Media and Africa center for Excellence I received the Ghana Minister’s of State Excellence Citation.
I was made to understand that the selection was based on polling across Ghana.
This award really belong to the hardworking people of Ghana who deserve so much more. Thanks to the late President JEA Mills for appointing me as the deputy minister of Energy from 2009-2012 and to my mentor Dr Joe Oteng Adjei who as the substantive minister thought me so much.
Thanks to Fmr President John D Mahama for promoting me as the substantive Minister of Energy and Petroleum from 2013- 2016 and for his sterling leadership that made all these achievements possible.
I must also thank so many people from the ministry of Energy and the Energy Sector for all the support including Chief Director Prof Thomas Akabzaa, deputy john Jinapor, and the late deputy Ben Dagadu May His soul Rest In Peace.
Very humbling to know that our hard work that saw key transformational policies like the Petroleum Commission Act and the establishment of the PC.
The passage of the local content LI, the passage of the petroleum Exploration and production Act, 919 that overhauled the petroleum laws in Ghana, Development and production of 3 major oil fields Jubilee, Ten and Sankofa which are today the key sources of government revenue, the establishment of Ghana gas company that brought Ghana to indegenous gas production and curtailed the long LPG Lines and the additions of new power projects like Karpowership, Cenpower, Amandi etc to address the power crisis and our efforts to bring sanity in the downstream petroleum sector such as the price deregulation and the privatization of the Bost storage facilities to curtail annual fuel losses which had become a drain on government and so many more.
Thank God that the people of ghana have recognized our efforts.
I dedicate this Award to the good people of Ellembele and those who perished/ injured in the last electionsin 2020. You have stood by me and trusted me to represent you for 4 terms totaling 16 years in Ghana’s Parliament and I don’t take that for granted at all.
Finally to my family- Thank you for your understanding, love and support.
It is now time to work even harder for the country we all love so much (Ghana) with God being our helper”, Mr Kofi-Buah wrote.
Fifteen former and current Ministers of State including former Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye, Dr Ekow Spio Garbrah, Hackman Owusu, Agyeman and Julius Debrah were awarded for their various roles in the nation’s development journey. Chief Executive Officer of Big Events Ghana, Prince Macay hinted that a Hall of Fame will be establish in memory of all award winners to enhance research on what they did for National Development.