President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, acting in consultation with the Council of State, has appointed the former municipal chief executive for Akuapem North, Honourable Dennis Edward Aboagye – popularly known as “Miracles” – as a presidential staffer with special responsibilities for local government, decentralisation and rural development (LGD&RD).
Aboagye, a young and vibrant politician whom many describe as a key asset to the future New Patriotic Party (NPP), was relieved of his role as a municipal chief executive in August 2020. The development came as a shock to many who thought he was on top of his job.
At the time, he told sources that the president had explained he needed him to be in Accra to support the NPP campaign as Election 2020 hotted up. He consented, reasoning that the president had overarching insight into the range of abilities at his disposal, and saying he believed he was needed to support the campaign to ensure the party retained power.
Business and youth focus
In his new role, Aboagye is expected to be seconded to Dan Botwe, the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, providing specialist advice and assistance to the minister and ministry to support them to deliver their mandate.
Dennis is a chartered marketer with a postgraduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and an MBA in marketing from the Central University Graduate School of Business.
He has ten years experience within the sales and marketing industry with exposure in fast-moving consumer goods and financial services.
He has professional experience in a variety of roles within the pensions industry, having worked with Enterprise Trustees Ltd and as a member of the Enterprise Group, starting as a client relations executive, earning promotion to client relationship manager and finally serving as a unit head in charge of client relations.
Before he joined Enterprise, Aboagye was the Eastern Regional director of Youth Enterprises and Skills Development Centre (YESDEC), a World Bank-funded project promoting job creation. He has particular interests in business development, sales management and brand positioning.
Aboagye also has an unblemished track record from his days in student politics at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he held various leadership positions, ranging from head of Akuafo JCR through to president of the University of Ghana SRC.
He set up the first ever youth wing of the New Patriotic Party in Akropong, Eastern Region.
“Miracles” Aboagye has risen through the ranks of the NPP, going from polling station youth organiser to polling station chairman, through to constituency deputy youth organiser, youth organiser and then constituency campaign co-ordinator in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections in Akuapem North.
Admirers give him credit for contributing in many ways to raising the image and brand of the party.
Dennis Edward Aboagye was born and bred in Larteh Akuapem in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He began his basic schooling at the Larteh Presby Primary and completed it at Swedru International School (SWIS), where he sat his Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). He studied for his SSCE at Okuapeman School in Akropong.
Dennis proceeded to University of Ghana Legon, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.
He is a devout Christian and is married with three beautiful children.