Edward Kofi Omane Boamah is a Medical Practitioner and a Ghanaian Politician who served as the Minister for Communications. He was appointed in February 2013 by President John Mahama after the Ghanaian general election in December 2012, Spokesperson to the President of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama from August 2014 to January 2017. Prior to this appointments, he was assigned the responsibility of coordinating Ghana's participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON 2013).
From 2009 to 2012, he served as a Deputy Minister for Environment, Science and Technology and later Deputy Minister for Youth and Sport in the administration of President John Evans Attah-Mills and National Democratic Congress’s Deputy Campaign Coordinator in the 2012 general elections. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD).
Omane Boamah is a member of the National Democratic Congress. He is an alumnus of the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary in Koforidua, Ghana and the University of Ghana Medical School, where he trained as a Medical Doctor. He did a stint at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. As a student he served students’ body as the: President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and the Coordinating Secretary of the Federation of Ghana Medical Students Association (FGMSA). He also served as a member of the WHO volunteers monitoring the 2004 Expanded Programme on Immunisation in the Asuagyaman District in the Eastern Region of Ghana and also a member of the Medical Rescue team for the “May 9, 2001 Stadium Disaster” in Ghana. Dr. Omane Boamah once served as a Board Member of the Ghana AIDS Commission.
Omane Boamah within the period 2009 to 2016, led the development and expansion of ICT services in education and rural areas through the Better Ghana ICT project, school connectivity project, rural telephony initiative and the construction of Enhanced Community Information Centres. He also led the development and implementation of policies in key sectors including communications, environment and health. He supervised the implementation of both National and World Bank Projects (US$97 million eTransform project and US$50 million Skills Development Fund).
As a Deputy Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, he chaired the Committees which investigated the spillage of Low Toxicity Oil Based Mud (LTOBM) by KOSMOS Energy in the Jubilee Offshore Field – West Cape Three Points in Ghana and the spillage of Sodium Cyanide in a Water Body in Kenyase, Ghana, by Newmont Ghana Gold Limited.
As Minister for Communications, he was an advocate for the protection of children online. He responded to the growing cyber threats by setting up the National Computer Emergence Response Team and a National Committee on Child Online Protection to develop a national child online protection framework and usage of the internet.