Ghana’s former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur has died at age 67. He is said to have collapsed at the Air Force Gym in Accra Friday morning during a workout.
He was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Born on April 29, 1951, the economist, academic and politician was the sixth Vice-President of Ghana, in office from August 6, 2012 until January 7, 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama.
President Akufo-Addo shocked
“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,” President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo posted on Facebook.
“He has been a longstanding public servant, who discharged his duties with dignity. The news of his death is unfortunate, since he appeared to have a lot to contribute to the public life of our country,” President Akufo-Addo added.
“My thoughts and sympathies are with his wife, children and family. I extend my deepest condolences to them, and also to 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. Ghana has lost a fine public servant. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” President Akufo-Addo posted.
Mr Amissah-Arthur was part of the team of technocrats who managed Ghana’s structural adjustment programme in the 1980s