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Amissah-Arthur’s first anniversary underway

BY: Kwame Asare-Boadu
Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur
Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur

An elaborate programme is underway to mark the first anniversary of the passing of former Vice President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.

The immediate past vice president died on June 29, 2018 after he had collapsed during a morning work out at a gym at the Burma Camp in Accra.

Last Monday, a library was inaugurated in his honour at Ohawu in the Volta Region,

According to a one-year commemorative programme, donations in his name were to be made to the Moree  Senior High School and the Moree Hospital in the Central Region.

Tomorrow,  the K.B. Amissah-Arthur Economic Forum will be held at the Economics Department Lecture Theatre at the University of Ghana at 10 a.m.

Mr Amissah-Arthur was one time a senior lecturer at the Economics Department of the university.

The lecture will be delivered by a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles C. Soludo, with the United Nations Secretary General’s Representative to West Africa and the Sahel, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, as the chairman.

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The anniversary will reach its climax on Saturday, June 29 with a remembrance service  at the Calvary Methodist Church, Accra at 9a.m.

Testimony

Mr Amissah-Arthur was recognised as a great democrat and servant leader.

A member of the former presidential press corps, Mr Maxwell Okamafo Addo, who worked closely with him, said of him: “As a politician he raised the bar of governance and put the nation’s needs above his, for which the nation owes him a debt of gratitude. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur had a pull as a politician, a gentleman, a forthright personality, an incorruptible man and a time stickler. “

He said the nation would concede that Mr Amissah-Arthur was hugely a part of today’s success story, national conversation and the present democracy.

“His period was comparatively brief, but his governance style left golden footprints in respect of rule of law, respect for national character and prioritising of public interest.

Mr Addo said one of Mr Amissah-Artur’s promises was to set worthy personal examples about avoiding politics of insults, adding that “I can say without any shred of equivocation that in the about four years of his vice presidency, he proved it.”

Profile

Mr Amissah-Arthur was born in Cape Coast, Central Region, in April 1951.

He started his education at the Cape Coast Methodist ‘B ‘Primary School and passed the Common Entrance examination from the Akim Oda Methodist School in 1964 from where he entered Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast later in 1964

He proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1971, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc Economics in 1974.

Mr Amissah-Arthur later earned an M.Sc Economics degree at the same university and lectured at the Economics Department of the university for a number of years.

In July 1983, he served as Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and was appointed a Deputy Finance and Economic Planning Minister in February 1986, a position he held until April 1997.

After retiring from public office in 1997, he continued to work on a number of consultancy jobs, including one at the World Bank.

On October 1, 2009, Mr Amissah-Arthur was appointed the Governor of the Bank of Ghana .

He held the position until August 6, 2012, when he became vice-president of Ghana following the death of President John Evans Atta Mills.

He was the running mate to former President John Dramani Mahama in the 2012 presidential election and on January 7, 2013 he was sworn-in as the vice-president. He served in that position until January 07, 2017.