ooreporters.com can solidly confirm that a former Vice President of Ghana under John Mahama, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is dead.
Born on April 29, 1951, the economist, academic and politician reportedly collapsed at the Air Force Gym early Friday and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was comfirmed dead.
He was the sixth Vice-President of Ghana, in office from August 6, 2012 until January 7, 2017. He previously served as the Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.
Reports by Xinhua/NAN said:
He was last seen in public on Wednesday during a book launch by his wife Matilda Amissah-Arthur.
“I have learnt with shock and great sadness the sudden death of the former Vice President of the Republic, His Excellency Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur,” Ghana President Addo Akufo-Addo posted on Facebook.
The president described the former vice president as a longstanding public servant, who discharged his duties with dignity, adding: “The news of his death is unfortunate, since he appeared to have a lot to contribute to the public life of our country.”
Amissah-Arthur was a lecturer at the Economic Department at the University of Ghana, Legon from 1980 to 1988. Alongside that he became a Special Assistant to the Former Secretary (Minister) for Finance, Kwesi Botchway from 1983 to 1986.
Amissah-Arthur subsequently rose to become a Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning from 1986 to 1997.
Prior to becoming a politician, Amissah-Arthur had lectured at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria between 1981 and 1983.
He is survived by his wife Matilda and has two children.
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