The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, has led a delegation of Parliamentarians to commiserate with the family of the late Former Vice president Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, whose sudden demise was reported in the early hours of Friday, June 29, 2018.
The delegation made up of the Leadership and Administrative staff of Parliament were briefed on the circumstances surrounding the sudden demise of the former Vice-president.
The family informed the Right Honorable Speaker and his delegation that the late vice president was hale and hearty before he left his North-Ridge home on the morning of Friday to the Arm Forces Gym for a routine keep fit exercise which he normally undergoes every Wednesday and Friday.
According to the family Spokesperson, they were taken aback when information reached them that he had been rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he eventually passed away.
The family therefore confirmed to the Parliamentary delegation that indeed the immediate Vice president Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has passed.
The delegation was also informed that the family is yet to meet for the funeral arrangements which would include the date for the burial while promising that Parliament would not be kept in the dark about the preparations.
Speaker Michael Oquaye, on his part expressed his condolences to the bereaved family, especially the wife, Matilda Amissah-Arthur.
He extolled the exemplary life led by Amissah-Arthur while recounting the contributions he has made to the socio-econonic and political Development of the country. The Speaker therefore underscored the need for upcoming leaders and politicians to emulate his humility and patience which enabled him to rise through the ranks to the top.
He also gave assurance to the family of the deceased that Parliament is ready to assist in whatever way it can to give the former Vice-president a befitting burial.
Some notable members of the delegation included the Clerk to Parliament, Emmanuel Anyimedu, Ebenezer Djetror; Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu and the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohamed Muntaka Mubarak.
Before he became a running mate to Former President John Dramani Mahama in the 2012 and 2016 Elections, Amissah Arthur once served as a Deputy Secretary to the then Finance Minister, Dr. Kwesi Botwey, before latter becoming the Governor of the Bank of Ghana.
The former Vice-president died at the age of 67. He was survived by a wife and two children.