The Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Oquaye has described former Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur as a “strong family man and a good Christian.”
The former vice president died shortly after being rushed to the 37 Military Hospital after he reportedly collapsed while at the Airforce Base Gym early Friday morning.
Amissah-Arthur was an 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 Mahama.
In his tribute of the former governor of the Bank of Ghana Friday in Parliament, Prof. Oquaye said the former vice president was a man who went through the mill and that “no wonder he graduated to better performance in due course.”
On his part vice-president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia labelled his departed predecessor as “a first-class gentleman” who “dutifully served” the nation.
He said he received with “shock and sadness the sudden death of my predecessor.”
President Akufo-Addo also expressed shock at the death of former Vice President Amissah-Arthur.
In a tweet, the President acknowledged the contribution of the late Amissah-Arthur to the development of the state noting “he appeared to have more to offer”.
“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. 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.
“My thoughts and sympathies are with his wife, children and family. I extend my deepest condolences to them, and 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,” the President wrote on Facebook.