Mourners have started gathering to bid farewell to the late former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur as he begins his final journey to eternity.
A two-day state funeral is being held the Accra International Conference Centre for the 67-year-old who collapsed and died while working out at a gym at the Air Force Base in Accra on the morning of June 29, 2018.
Amissah-Arthur was born at Cape Coast on April 29, 1951. His mother is from the Hutchful family and his father is from the Amissah-Arthur family.
He was a Ghanaian economist, academic and politician who was the fifth Vice-President of Ghana’s 4th Republic, in office from 6 August 2012 until 7 January 2017, under President John Mahama.
Previously, he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.
He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank in The Gambia. He also served as a consultant for the Netherlands’ government education project in Ghana.
He then worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana between 1998 and 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
He was sworn in as Vice-President on 6 August 2012, following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana.
He was nominated by President John Mahama to be the vice-president a week after Mahama himself was sworn in.
This followed the sudden death of John Atta Mills on July 24, 2012.
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.