After a brief illness, the former Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, died today, Friday, January 7, 2022, at the International Maritime Hospital.
Mr. Ashitey, 68, returned from the United States a week ago after seeking medical care for an unexplained illness, according to party sources who confirmed to Citi News.
Mr. Ashitey was rumored to be considering running for the NPP’s National Chairmanship when the party’s National Officers are elected later this year.
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Mr. Ashitey was born in Tema, Greater Region, on November 20th, 1954. He attended Manhean Middle Mixed School for his elementary and middle school schooling. Read also this, President commissions $2.8 million rubber factory in Western Region
After successfully completing his studies for the middle school leaving certificate, he went to Kpando Technical Institute in the Volta Region and then to the Accra Polytechnic for a course in mechanical engineering.
In his quest for further knowledge, He entered the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
He holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from GIMPA.
Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, as a Mechanical Engineer, has worked in many organizations in and outside the country.
Notable amongst them are Tema Steel Works, Accra Brewery Limited in Ghana, Tecnofin Neder, lands, and General Establishment for Plastics & Industries all in Libya.
Since joining the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 1992, Hon. Ashitey has through hard work, commitment, and dedication risen through the rank and file of the party.
He has served as a Member of Parliament for Tema East on three consecutive occasions from 1996 to 2008.
In Parliament, he served on the Mines and Energy, Foreign Affairs, Government’s Assurances, and the House committees, among others.
Hon. Ashley served as a Minister of State at the Ministries of Food and Agriculture and Trade, Industry & President’s Special Initiatives under the leadership and government of H.E John Agyekum Kuffour.
During the 2016 elections, Hon. Ashitey as the Regional Chairman of NPP led his party to retain and regain most of the Parliamentary seats in Greater Accra which eventually helped the party to attain victory.
Until his demise, he was a Member of (NEC) NPP and a member of the NPP National Council. Hon. Ishmael Ashitey is a Presbyterian and enjoys reading, swimming, walking, and listening to good music.
He was married with four children.