Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea (MP), born on 20th August, 1962, is the current Minister for Works and Housing. He hails from Kibi in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
He was appointed to the position by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo on the 7th February, 2017.
The Hon. Minister is also the sitting Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South Constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
He obtained his ‘O’ and ‘A’ level Certificates from the Adisadel College, Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana. In 1989, he graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Law.
The Ghanaian legislator holds BL Solicitor’s Certificate and Barrister- at- Law from the Ghana School of Law. After his call to the Ghana Bar in 1993, he did his National Service with the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Department.
Between 1994 and 2002, he worked at the prestigious law firm, Messrs Akufo- Addo, Prempeh and Co of which the current President of the Republic of Ghana is the Co-founder. Thereafter, he set up his own law firm, Messrs Zoe, Akyea and Co.
In Parliament, he serves on the Foreign Affairs and the Appointments Committees after having served on various Committees such as; the Public Accounts Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Finance Committee.
As the Minister for Works and Housing, he has taken keen interest in the formulation of a number of Policies and Bills all geared towards getting a sustainable regulatory and institutional framework for the Works and Housing Sectors of Ghana.
Key among these is the gazetting and publishing of Ghana’s first Building Code in the year 2018, with the main focus of having a smooth and safe operation of the Works and Housing Sectors of Ghana. Similarly, the Redevelopment Policy which seeks to redevelop old and rundown neighbourhoods while promoting the optimum use of landscape has been reviewed and approved by Cabinet for implementation under his regime. Also, the Real Estate Agency, Survey Council as well as the Hydrological Services Authority Bills have been drafted towards regulating the relevant built environment professions while promoting the sustainable development of the country at large.
The Hon. Minister has also initiated and is currently implementing a number of programmes and projects aimed at improving infrastructure development when it comes to the Works and Housing Sub-Sectors of Ghana.
Significant among these programmes is the National Flood Control Programme currently being implemented across the country. The primary focus of this programme is to tackle the perennial flooding that has bedevilled the country over the years. There is also the coastal protection works ongoing along the coastal regions targeted at protecting life and properties of the people living in these areas. Other affordable housing programmes have also been continued across the country towards increasing access to safe, secure and affordable housing in Ghana.
He is a Christian, and is happily married to Philippina Akyea. They are blessed with two boys and a girl.