Hon Mark Owen Woyongo, was the Minister for Interior from 6th August, 2014 to 29th February, 2016. He was born on 9th June, 1946 in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
He successfully completed Notre Dame Secondary School in Navrfongo in 1966 with a West African Senior Secondary School Certificate. He gained admission to the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 1971 and completed with a Diploma in Journalism in 1973.
He has undertaken many professional courses both in Ghana and abroad. Notable among them are: Senior Executive Development at the Management Productivity Institute (MPDI), Financial Management at GEM Consult, Management at the Carnegie Institute, London, and Population and Communication, Rural Reporting, and Message Development and Training, at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Hon Woyongo has held many appointments during his career as a politician and a communicator. He was the Public Relations Officer for the Upper East Regional Administration between 1978 and 1985.
In 1985, he was appointed the Regional Information Officer, Upper East Region, a position he held until 1994 when he was appointed the Minister Counselor for Information at the Ghana High Commission in London, United Kingdom.
He was the Minister for the Upper East Region from 2009 – 2012. He contested the 2012 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the NDC and won. He was appointed Defence Minister in 2013 and subsequently to the Ministry of the Interior during his tenure as Upper East Regional Minister.
Hon. Woyongo has extensive knowledge in security matters and is therefore not surprising that he has been chosen as the chair for this occasion. Hon. Woyongo is the currently MP for Navrongo Central.
In respect of membership of Boards and Associations, Hon Woyongo became the Board Chairman of Irrigation Company of the Upper East Region (ICOUR) in 2010. He was also a member of the National Anniversary Planning Committee in 2005.
Hon Mark Owen Woyongo is happily married and has two children.