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Hon Alfred Oko Vanderpuije
PROFILE OF AL F R E D OKOE V A N D E R P U I J E (LhD)
Hon. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije was confirmed by Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in May, 2009 as the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra with an unprecedented vote of 97.7%.
As clearly put in the mission statement of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the Mayor is mandated â""to improve the quality of life of the people of the City of Accra especially the poor, vulnerable and the excluded by providing and maintaining basic services and facilities in the areas of education, health, sanitation and other social amenities, in the context of discipline, a sense of urgency and a commitment to excellenceâ"".
Before his appointment as Mayor of Accra, Hon. Vanderpuije held the position of Executive Director of Vanview International Enterprise, in Columbia, South Carolina, a consultancy firm providing leadership and management training from 2005-2009.
From the year 2000-2005 Hon. Vanderpuije served as the Principal of W.A. Perry Middle School in Columbia, South Carolina, USA and doubled as the district coordinator for Richland One Student Exchange to Accra (ROSETA)
During the period from 1995 to 2000, he served as the Principal of J.F.Kennedy Middle School Rockford and held other positions at Rockford Public Schools District, USA.
In 1993-1995, Hon. Vanderpuije served as the Assistant Principal at Butcher Green Elementary School in Grandview, Missouri, USA
Prior to this, he served in various capacities including Principal and Teacher at V.Lindsay School from1991-1993, under the auspices of Central States Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, USA.
In Ghana, before Hon.Vanderpuije became the YMCA Camp Director in 1982, he was a Teacher and District Athletics Director of Ebenezer (1) Middle School and Ablekuma respectfully.
By dint of hard work, he rose to become the Director of Youth Services and Communications of South Ghana Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists from 1985-1988 which eventually led him to the USA.
In May, 2012 Hon. Vanderpuije was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters (LhD) BY Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina. Before the doctorate he acquired a degree in Education Administration at University of Missouri, Kansas City in1995 and a master of Education Degree from Mid-America Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas in May 1990, and a Teacher Certificate Aâ"" from the Accra Teacher Training College in Accra, Ghana in 1979.
In September 25, 2001, Hon .Vanderpuije was awarded the scholastic National Five Star Principal of the Year Award, New York, USA.
Hon. Alfred Vanderpuije is a member of the National Association of Middle School Principals and other Middle School Principals Association in the USA.
POLITICAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMITMENT
In the area of politics, Hon. Vanderpuije has been an active and committed member of the National Democratic Congress and has served in many capacities including Chairman, Chicago and South Carolina Chapters of NDC, USA and an active participant in all national election campaigns of 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
ACHIEVEMENTS AS MAYOR OF ACCRA
The city of Accra can boast of many developments under the unique leadership of Hon. Alfred Vanderpuije. Some of the note worthy achievements includes:
Â· The declaration of Accra as a Millennium City on January 15th 2010 by the Earth institute Columbia University, New York, USA.
Â· Under the visionary and capable leadership of the Hon. Mayor, the city of Accra in September, 2011 ended the shift system in Accra and introduced the Millennium City School Complex concept of which 73 are currently under construction.
Â· The City of Accra was also nominated as one of five (5) other cities with high scores in sanitation and environmental management by the UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa held in 2012 and also received the IBM SMART CITY Award in 2011.
Â· Another achievement is Accra being cited as the forth (4th) out of the forty-six (46) places, the New York Times recommended for business and tourist destination in 2013.
Â· The City of Accra, under the governance the Hon. Mayor Vanderpuije in January 2013 was declared as the African City with the highest growth prospect by global payments leader MasterCard.