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AKUFO-ADDO, BAWUMIA MOURN AMISSAH-ARTHUR

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed his condolences to the National Democratic Congress and the family of Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, who died suddenly on Friday, June 29.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed his condolences to the National Democratic Congress and the family of Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, who died suddenly on Friday, June 29.

The President said he had been particularly saddened by the former Vice-President’s death because Amissah-Arthur was a public servant of long standing who had discharged his duties with dignity.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with his wife, children and family. I extend my deepest condolences to them, and also the former President of the Republic, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, and to the National Democratic Congress, of which the former Vice-President was a prominent member,” a statement from the President said.

In a tweet, Vice-President Bawumia also recalled the former VP warmly.

“He was always and can be described as a first-class gentleman. My condolences to his family, wife, children, the NDC fraternity, and the entire nation. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace,” he said.

Shocked

Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of Ghana, also grieved for the man and his family. “The news of the sudden death of the former Vice-President of the Republic, His Excellency Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has shocked me,” the First Lady wrote. “His sudden demise is a big blow to our country.

“I extend my deepest condolences to his wife, children and family. May God comfort them through this difficult time and may his soul rest in perfect peace.”

The former Vice-President is reported to have collapsed at the Air Force Gym early on Friday morning during a workout. He was rushed to the nearby 37 Military Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A full life

Born Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on April 29, 1951, Amissah-Arthur was an economist, senior banker and politician who later served as the fifth Vice-President of Ghana in the Fourth Republic.

Between 1983 and 1986, he worked as special assistant to the then Secretary for Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey, under the Provisional National Defence Council government of Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings. He also served as Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from 1986 to 1993.

Amissah-Arthur was Deputy Finance Minister in the first “democratically elected” government of the Fourth Republic from 1993 to 1997.

He was appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by the then President, John Evans Atta Mills, and held this position until August 6, 2012.

He became Vice-President, serving first under Mills and then under President John Mahama, until the NPP government assumed office in January last year.

Amissah-Arthur is survived by his wife, Matilda, and two children, Kwesi Nyan and Araba.