Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, Economist, Academic, Politician (29 April 1951 – 29 June 2018)

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC), and indeed Ghana, has lost one of the most decent politician of our time, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur.

The late politician, economist and academic, was born at Cape Coast on April 29, 1951, the capital of the Central Region of Ghana, at the time organized as British Gold Coast Colony.

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.

In 1983, during the Provisional National Defense Council government, he was appointed as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Finance, and Economic Planning, Dr. Kwesi Botchwey.

Subsequently, he was Deputy Secretary for Finance from February 1986 to March 1993. From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance in the Rawlings government after the establishment of constitutional rule until March 1997.

Amissah-Arthur was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by President John Atta Mills.

He held this position until August 6, 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana, following the death of Atta Mills.

His style of politics was significantly different from what we were used to. Unlike today’s politicians, who use insulting and violent language, his politics was devoid of insults, abusive words and all he preached was unity.

Although provoked many times to meet fire with fire, his better side, always prevailed. He understood that, the problems of the society cannot be solved with insults and acrimony.

He showed that one can be a politician and still be a gentleman.

His brand of politics was aimed at bringing relief and comfort to the under-privileged.

Amissah Arthur, reportedly died after collapsing at the Air Force Gym during his routine morning workout session last Friday morning.

The circumstances under which he was handled and transported to the 37 Military Hospital, is another sad reminder of the poor state of the health services in the country.

Perhaps, if our political leaders had paid attention to the provision of health facilities where Ghanaians can be safely transported and given first aid, before proper treatment, many lives that had been lost before, including that of our dear former vice-president, would have been saved.
As Ghanaians mourn Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur, let us as a people say, no more to the neglect of the health sector.

Amissah-Arthur was married to Matilda Amissah-Arthur with two children. He was a Christian and was known to worship at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra

May his soul rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

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