of Dr Chambas:
Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is a qualified lawyer, born in
Ghana on December 7, 1950. He attended Mfantsipim
School, Cape Coast and Government Secondary School,
Tamale. He holds degrees in Political Science from the
University of Ghana, Legon, (B.A. 1973) and Cornell
University, Ithaca, New York (M.A. 1977, Ph D (1980) and
admitted to practice law in Ghana and the State of Ohio.
His working in the United States includes teaching at
Oberlin College, Ohio and practicing law with the
Cleveland, Ohio, Law Office of Forbes, Forbes and Teamor.
He served as a Member of Parliament for Bimbilla
Constituency in the Upper West Region in 1993-96 on the
ticket of the current main opposition National
Democratic Congress (NDC). The NDC was the government in
He was an instant hit in that Parliament becoming the
First Deputy Speaker from1993-1994 when he was appointed
Deputy Foreign Minister. As First Deputy Speaker, he was
Chairman of the Appointments and Privileges Committees
Dr. Chambas lost his seat in 1996 but was elected on
December 7, 2000 on the ticket of the National
Democratic Congress. He was the Ranking Member on the
Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs of the
Minority National Democratic Congress.
He also became a member of the Select Committee on
Education and the Committee on Subsidiary legislation.
In 1993-94, he chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee of
Parliament with oversight responsibility for the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Chambas first entered government in 1987 as Deputy
Foreign Secretary of Ghana. He was a member of the Head
of State's summit delegations to a number of countries
including the USA, China, UK, France, Malaysia, Nigeria,
Zimbabwe etc. He himself led Ghana's delegation to
several countries and conferences including the UN
General Assembly, ministerial meetings of the then
Organization of African Unity (OAU) and ECOWAS, the
Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth
Dr. Chambas was highly involved in the ECOWAS mediation
efforts in Liberia and directly participated in
negotiations leading to the agreements ending the
Liberian civil war with then President Jerry Rawlings as
Chairman. He was also a member of the Commonwealth
Ministerial Action Group, which worked to facilitate a
transition to constitutional democratic governance in
Nigeria, The Gambia and Sierra Leone.
As a government Minister between April 1997 and December
2000, Dr Chambas was the Deputy Minister of Education in
charge of Tertiary Education. In that capacity, he had
direct responsibility for the country's five
universities, 10 Polytechnics and agencies/institutions
charged with formulation of policies on higher
education, accreditation and maintenance of standards in
tertiary institutions. Meeting with a number of students
demonstrations that toughened him significantly.
Dr Chambas was personally involved in the adoption of
bold new initiatives on tertiary education such as
diversification of funding, cost sharing, the
introduction of the Ghana Education Trust Fund all of
which strengthened the quality and financial standing of
tertiary institutions throughout the country.
His tremendous skills in negotiations and conflict
resolution clearly manifested themselves in the able
manner he handled volatile student protests and
industrial disputes involving university and polytechnic
teachers and other Staff members.
As ECOWAS boss, Dr Chambas succeeded Mr Lansana Kouyate
Gideon Sackitey, Accra. Ghanadot.com January 21,2007