Hon. Dominic Aduna Bingab Nitiwul (born November 4, 1977) is a Ghanaian politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bimbilla constituency in the Northern Region of Ghana. He has also served in the Pan-African Parliament. Since February 2017, Nitiwul has held the office of Minister of Defence of Ghana.
Dominic Nitiwul studied in various educational institutions in Ghana, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In Germany he earned certificates in conflict prevention (2003) and conflict management (2005) from the International Academy for Leadership. He obtained his Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of South Wales, B.ED from University Of Education Winneba, Teacher’s Cert ‘A’ Akrokerri Training College and a Master of Laws in corporate finance from the University of Westminster .
Nitiwul was elected to the parliament of Ghana in 2002 at the age of 25. In his victory speech, he alluded to the fact that he wanted to be graded on the level of peace he would bring to the constituency. This was due to the protracted tribal dispute between the Konkomba people and the Nanumba people. He has served on many committees in both the Ghanaian parliament and the Pan-African Parliament. These include: Finance Committee, Monetary and Financial Affairs Committee, Business Committee, Appointment Committee, Youth and Sports Committee, Roads and Transport Committee, and Education Committee. He was the Deputy Minority Leader of the Ghanaian Parliament from 2012 to 2016.
In May, 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Dominic Nitiwul as part of nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet. The names of the 19 ministers were submitted the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye. As a Cabinet minister, Nitiwul is part of the inner circle of the president and is to aid in key decision-making activities in the country.
Minister of Defence
On 13 January 2017 Nitiwul was part of the first group of ministers designate nominated by President Nana Akuffo-Addo. His nomination was for the Ministry of Defence. This was done after his party, the New Patriotic Party, had won power in the 2016 Ghanaian general election. Nitiwul was approved for the ministry by members of the Ghanaian parliament, along with eight others. His oath of office was administered by President Akuffo-Addo on 27 January 2017.
In his turn of administration Hon Dominic Nitiwul has made the fight against illegal miners, known as galamseyers, one of his main objectives as Minister of Defence. Illegal operators mine for precious metals in various parts of Ghana with little or no regard for the environment. Several bodies of water in the country have dried up due to the environmental degradation caused by the mining, and drinking water has been polluted with harmful chemicals such as cyanide. Previous governments had tried and failed to curb the illegal mining due to a lack of concerted effort. Working with the military high command of the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Nitiwul helped roll out measures to seize machinery, drive out the miners, and restore degraded lands in the country.