President Akufo-Addo has appointed Sammi Awuku, National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), as the new Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA).
Mr. Awuku, who takes over from Mr. Kofi Osei Ameyaw, is expected to inject some massive transformation into the state-owned institution.
A product of St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast, Mr. Awuku holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the Freie University, Berlin – Germany, an Executive Education Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government) USA, Diploma of Higher Education in Law from University of London, Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Postgraduate Certificate in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Ghana, Legon.
In September 2017, he was appointed by the President as the Board Chairman of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), a specialised government agency charged with the mandate of coordinating and facilitating employment opportunities for young people in Ghana.
Until recently, he was a Director of Strategy and Innovation at the AprilJune Company Limited in Accra and also a Director at the Brain Hill International School.
He has also served as a Board Member of the Accra City Hotel, from 2017 till date.
In the past, he has been thrice elected as the Vice Chairman of the International Young Democrats Union (IYDU), an international association of the youth wings of conservative parties across the world.
He is also a proud alumnus of the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), a global platform for identifying and nurturing the talents of young future leaders.
In August 2017, he was named ‘Continental Youth Icon-2017’ by the All Africa Students Union (AASU) in recognition of his longstanding contributions towards youth development on the African continent.
Similarly, in August 2014, he was named amongst the top 50 rising African stars by the Paris-based Africa Report Magazine.
Aside the above, he has also served at various stages, volunteered his services and provided strategic guidance for the development of various civil society platforms aimed at consolidating democracy and advocating for public sector reforms in Ghana.
Awuku is also admired for his strong passion and genuine commitment towards democratic governance, youth empowerment, public sector management and institutional governance.