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Former Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah- Arthur who served under the administration of former president John Dramani Mahama has died on Friday morning, silveronline24 can authoritatively confirm.

Sources say Mr. Amissah-Arthur who was also a former governor of the Bank of Ghana collapsed at the Air Force Gym early Friday and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Family relations and other closed friends of the deceased who were at the 37 Military Hospital described the atmosphere as “dreadful”.

President Nana Akufo-Addo shocked

Nana Akufo- Addo says he is stunned and saddened by the unexpected demise of former vice president Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, describing him as ‘a fine public servant’.

“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”, Nana Akufo-Addo said in a Facebook post Friday.

He stated further: “Ghana has lost a fine public servant”

The president said Amissah-Arthur “discharged his duties with dignity” in his longstanding public servant service to the country.

“The news of his death is unfortunate, since he appeared to have a lot to contribute to the public life of our country” he 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,” he said.

Bawumia: Amissah- Arthur, civil and first class gentleman

In a tweet to empathize with the family of Mr. Amissah-Arthur and the National Democratic Congress which he was a member, Dr. Bawumia described the late former vice president as a “civil” and “first class gentleman”.

Dr. Bawumia during the run- to the 2016 general elections was very critical of Mr. Amissah-Arthur, a situation that triggered exchanges between the two.

 

Biography 

Mr. Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was s a Ghanaian economist, academic and politician who was the sixth Vice-President of Ghana, in office from 6 August 2012 until 7 January 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama. Previously he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.

He was sworn in as Vice-President on 6 August 2012, following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana. He was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to be the vice-president a week after Mahama himself was sworn in. This followed the sudden death of John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.

Amissah-Arthur was born April 29, 1951 at Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region of Ghana. His mother is from the Hutchful family and his father is from the Amissah-Arthur family.

Both families originated from Cape Coast. He completed his secondary education at the Mfantsipim School, where he obtained the GCE Ordinary Level in 1969 and the GCE Advanced Level in 1971. He proceeded to the University of Ghana at Legon, where he obtained the B.Sc. in 1974 and M.Sc. in 1976, both in Economics.

 

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