Former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has passed on after collapsing while exercising in the early morning of Friday June 29, 2018 at the Ghana Air Force Gym in Accra.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he died suddenly. He was at 67 years.
Born on the 29th of April, 1951 at Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region, he started his education at Cape Coast Methodist ‘B’ Primary School and passed the Common Entrance examination from Akim Oda Methodist School in 1964.
He entered Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast later in 1964, passed the GCE Ordinary Level in 1969 and the Advanced Level in 1971. He entered the University of Ghana, Legon in 1971, graduating with a B.Sc. (Economics) degree in 1974.
Mr. Amissah Arthur was granted a University of Ghana Post-Graduate scholarship in 1975 and was awarded an M.Sc (Economics) degree in 1980.
Having served his country in different capacities, Mr. Amissah-Arthur became Ghana’s sixth vice President when he was sworn into office on 6th 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 as President following the sudden death of then President John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.
From Mr. Amissah-Arthur’s mother’s home at North Ola in Cape Coast, Joseph Kobina Amuah of ATL FM News reports it was a disheartening sight to behold as family members, friends and party officials solemnly arrived at the residence.
Most of the people had come to confirm the news. Many indicate it is a shock because there was not the slightest indication of ill health when he visited the region last Saturday during constituency elections of the NDC.
At the time of filing this story, the news of Mr. Amissah-Arthur’s passing had not been officially had not be broken to his mother.
Some NDC party members said they received the news with utter shock describing his passing as a great loss to the party.
A nephew to the late statesman, Kweku Gyekyi said the family had lost a great member. He said Mr. Amissah-Arthur’s contribution to the family was enormous and he brought prestige to them.
By: Joseph Kobina Amuah/ATL FM News