Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, MP Sunyani West
Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, a Ghanaian politician and the Member of Parliament for the Sunyani West constituency and also the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations.
He was born on 24 August 1966 and hails from Nsoatre in the Bono Region of Ghana. He had his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1992. He also had his post-graduate diploma in management consultancy in 2017.
Baffour-Awuah is a member of House Committee; a member of Privileges Committee and also a member of Committee of Selection Committee.
Hon Baffour Awuah started his career as an Accountant working with the European Union funded Micro-projects in Atebubu. He then worked as a management trainee and eventually became the Operations Manager for Nsotreman Rural Bank.
In 2001, he made his official entrance into local politics being appointed as the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Sunyani District Assembly. He served as the DCE for four years before becoming the Deputy Regional Minister of the Brong Ahafo Region in 2005 and later in 2006 -2008 he was made the substantive Regional Minister.
He joined the New Patriotic Party and was a member of President Kufour's government as a District Chief Executive of the Sunyani District Assembly. He later became the deputy regional minister for the Brong-Ahafo region and subsequently became the regional minister under the same Kuffour administration. He ran for Member of Parliament for the Sunyani West constituency and won in the 2008 parliamentary elections. His party, the NPP however lost the presidential election. He was re-elected as MP in the same constituency in 2012 and 2016. He's therefore the current MP of the Sunyani West constituency. He served as the deputy minority chief whip from 2013 to 2017.
In May 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Baffour-Awuah as part of nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet. The names of the 19 ministers were submitted to the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye. As a Cabinet minister, Baffour-Awuah is part of the inner circle of the president and is to aid in key decision-making activities in the country.
Baffour-Awuah is married with three children. He is a Catholic.