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ANOTHER NORTHERNER 2 BE USED & DUMPED !!!

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Dr. Red Hot
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2008-01-01 01:30:29


As the search goes on, four names that have so far appeared on the radar shockihgly include Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and former deputy Minister of Education during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime.

The rest are Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, Northern Regional Minister; Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Women and Children's Affairs and Oboshie Sai-Cofie, Minister of Information and National Orientation.

Apart from Chambas, all the others are NPP stalwarts whose track record, achievements and contributions to the party cannot be overlooked.

Chambas, 57, and one-time NDC MP for Bimbila Constituency in the Northern Region, is being considered due to his rich experience in international relations and skills in negotiations and conflict resolution.

Bon on December 7, 1950, Dr. Ibn Chambas is a lawyer, diplomat, politician and academecian who commands a lot of respect among a large number of Muslim leaders and has a huge reputation that cuts across nearly all ethnic divides in the country.

A former student leader, he attended Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast and Government Secondary School, Tamale. He holds degrees in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon, (BA 1973) and Cornell University Ithaca, New York (M.A. 1977, PhD (1980). He also has a law degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

He served as MP for Bimbila between 1993 and 96 on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and was First Deputy Speaker of Parliament (1993-1994) when he was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister.

Between April 1997 and December 2000, he was the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education.

His skills in negotiations and conflict resolution clearly manifested themselves in the manner in which he handled volatile student protests and industrial disputes involving university and polytechnic teachers and other staff members.

He was appointed President of the ECOWAS Commission by the Authority of African Heads of State and Government in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 14,2006, when the sub-regional body was reformed.

Although no formal deal has been reached with the high profile running-mate hopefuls, speculations are rife that Chambas and Idris are the hot favourites
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Ben George, Jr
01-01 06:27