by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
For many, life begins at 40 but for 27 year-old Fredrick Green contesting the New Patriotic Party’s Ablekuma North Constituency secretaryship, his desire to serve the people has prompted him to stand for election now rather than later.
Green, who resides in the Sakaman Electoral Area and is contesting for the seat at the Ablekuma North Constituency is a businessman in the freight forwarding sector. According to Green, he set up his business, Green Logistics six years ago from his University of Ghana campus base nurturing it to become an entity which handles import and export of general goods with its affiliate company in Dubai and China where shipments are ordered from.
He informed blakkpepper.com: “Green Logistics is the handling company in Ghana which handles clearance of goods as well as documentation to gain clearance from customs.”
Green is also a certified social worker who has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Ghana. To that end, Green says he set up the Elizabeth Foundation; named after his grandmother who raised him to help children and the vulnerable in society from poverty and stress.
“We have secured education for some children and offered skills training for others,” the fair man submitted in his Sakaman office.
According to Frederick Green, he grew up in Sakaman, attended the Tantua International School in Sakaman where he was the head boy, proceeded to the Apam Senior High School where he again emerged the Student Representative Council (SRC) president before gaining admission to the University of Ghana involving himself in the Tertiary Students Confederacy of the New Patriotic Party (TESCON) activities as well as the SRC’s planning committee.
“In 2015, I saw a notice in the dailies about nominees for the District Assembly elections so I came to my Sakaman neighbourhood and contested as an Assemble Member and although I lost, I picked lessons as I emerged the third on the log from the candidates who contested the seat.”
“Again in 2017, I contested the Council of State elections. I filed and was selected going through the vetting process becoming a qualified candidate but campaigning through the whole Greater Accra Region for votes was tough and visiting about 16 districts opened my eyes to the grueling nature of our elections and though I lost again, I had become politically astute,” the man seeking to become a secretary in service of the NPP submitted.
As to the choice of NPP, Frederick Green explained, he was born into an NPP family so grew up with their values and when he became an adult, he also identified with the party’s strive for excellence adding after observing Kufuor’s reign particularly, he knew he was at home.
Impressively, Fredrick Green, the man of many parts is pursuing a Masters Degree programme at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in Logistics and Transport while executing his social work projects and being actively involved in politics.
On his vision for the Ablekuma North Constituency when voted for as secretary, Mr. Green stated he intends to offer accountability. He stressed that while he seeks to front the activities of the constituency, he intends to also render account of his stewardship regarding every dime and pesewa used noting when such practices becomes the norm, it become difficult to be influenced by others with cash and other goodies.
Green adds that he hopes to inspire the youth to strive for excellence by bringing his entrepreneurial and business orientation to bear so the youth can be urged and assisted to own businesses.
Asked how expansive the Ablekuma North Constituency is, the man who is yet to marry noted the constituency shares borders with Weija Gbawe, Ablekuma West, Okaikoi North and Ablekuma Central constituencies adding his constituency also spans the Sakama, Awoshie, Kwashieman, Darkuman, Odorkor and Otaten (near Mataheko) electoral areas.
But who is Mr. Green?
According to Frederick Green, he was born to mum Gladys Nkrumah who hails from Ekumfi Otuam and dad Fredrick Green Snr who hails partly from Elmina and Britain but notes that the task of raising him fell to his grandparents Albert Nkrumah and Elizabeth Arthur.
The man who loves mango juice notes of himself “I am a straightforward, determined, smart, hardworking and curious man”.
He revealed he’s employed two people from his Sakaman Constituency into his Green Logistics Company and assisted others to set up their own businesses as well.
The man who loves fufu and groundnut soup as well as yam and ‘palava’ sauce is also into football, snooker playing, basketball, table tennis and hockey.
A man of faith, Frederick Green worships at the Assemblies of God Church, Holy Ghost Revival Assembly at Sakaman pastored by Reverend Frank Boadu.
In business, Green admires trades minister; Alan Kyerematen for his international business experience while politically he is grateful for the support, coaching and mentorship offered by Alhaji Mohammed Ofori, Apraku Elijah, Wofa Yaw alias Yaw Mensah and Mr. Korankye.
Well for a man whose set eyes on becoming Ghana’s president by 2036, the first crucial steps will involve winning the Ablekuma North Constituency election as Secretary scheduled for February 24, 2018.
Blakkpepper whishes you the very best in your bid, hopefully you shall be given the Green light.