PROFILE OF CDRE STEVE OBIMPEH – CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF VAG
Cdre Steve Obimpeh formally took over as Chairman if the governing board of VAG from AVM Odarte-Barnor, on 10th February 2011.Cdre Obimpeh has served this country in the Military and in the Public service in different positions.
Currently he is the chairman of the Public Procurement Authority board and serves also as a senior advisor to the President.Commodore Stephen George Obimpeh was born on 26th September, 1941 at Vakpo in the Volta Region.
He has his basis education at the Primary and Tertiary levels in Vakpo and Takoradi, precisely at the Government Secondary Technical School, (GSTS) 1957 – 1960 respectively.
In 18961, he was admitted to the Ghana Military Academy for his basic military training and followed it up for his naval officer training at the Britannia Royal Naval (college) Dartmouth, U.K. He was commissioned 1963.Commodore Obimpeh began his military career in the Ghana Navy with a string of professional courses to prepare him for command appointments in the Ghana Navy. From 1968-76, Cdre Obimpeh had done four courses; viz, Navigation Specialization, the Junior Staff course, in the U.K., and the Senior Staff courses at the Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island, U.S.A.
In 1976, Cdre Obimpeh attended a Senior Management course at (GIMPA) in Accra.
Cdre Obimpeh got his Masters degree in Maritime Strategy and Management at the Naval Command Course, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in the United States of America in 1978.By 1976, Cdre Obimpeh had been groomed to take up major appointment and duties in the Ghana Navy. He commanded Ghana Navy Ships christened “AFADZATO” and “EJURA” and become the Naval Officer, in charge of Western Command (FOC West) subsequently.
By 1982, Commodore Obimpeh had reached the pact of his military career after holding the appointments as DPA and CSO at HQ by becoming the Chief of Naval Staff or Commander Ghana Navy. After retirement from the Ghana Navy in 1982, Cdre Obimpeh took up various civilian appointments and positions in the civil life. In 1986 he was appointed PNDC Secretary for Agriculture and served in the position for eight years i.e. from 1986 – 1992. In 1993 he entered Parliament and represented the North Dayi constituency from 1993 – 2000, serving as Minister for Health and subsequently as chairman of the Finance Select Committee of Parliament.
In 2000, Cdre Obimpeh was appointed campaign manager for the late President of the Republic of Ghana, Prof. Evans Atta Mills. Cdre Obimpeh is now a Senior President Advisor at the Officer of the President, Chairman of Public Procurement Authority Board and Chairman of the governing board of the Veterans Administration, Ghana. He has also had the opportunity to serve as the Chairman of the following bodies; the Ghana Armed Forces College Control Board, Ghana Armed Forces Institute (GAFI), Ghana Nautical College Council and a board member of the Governors, World Maritime University and Malmo, Sweden.
On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary celebration, the Ghana Military honoured him as one of its worthy alumnus.
Please read the accompanying citation.
- You were commissioned into the Ghana Navy in 1963 after an initial Cadet training at the Ghana Military Academy and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, United Kingdom.
- You attended various courses and seminars notably, the Masters Degrees studies in Maritime Strategy and Management at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, Island USA (1978).
- You distinguished yourself I major Command and Staff appointments between 1965 and 1979. These include Commanding Officer of GNS Afadjato; the Western and Eastern Naval Commands; Director Personnel Administration and subsequently Chief Staff Officer, Navy headquarters, Accra. Above all you serve as the Chief of Naval Staff from 1979 to 1982.
- You have projected a positive image of the military in the civil arena. Between 1982 and 1985 while you were in charge of the State Shipping Corporation, you spearheaded the evacuation of the PNDC Secretary for Agriculture from 1986 to 1992, you instituted the celebration of Farmers Day. You were the Member (MP) for North Dayi Constituency and Minister for of the Health from 1993 to 1996. You were also MP for Dayi and Minister of Agriculture, 1996 to 1997.
- You have served on various Boards, including, Ghana Railways and Ports Authority (1972 – 1973), Ghana Armed Forces Staff College Control Board (1979 – 1981), Ghana Nautical College Council (1978 – 1981) and Board of Governors World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden (1983 – 1994).
For these and other achievements, the Ghana Military Academy in recognition of your services to the Ghana Armed Forces in particular and the Nation in general, honours you with this citation and award.