27 July 2018. The mortal remains of the former Vice President of the Republic of Ghana; His Excellency (HE) Paa Kwasi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has been interred at the New Military Cemetery, Burma Camp on Friday 27 July 2018.
The burial service which was held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) saw the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Mahama, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen OB Akwa and his Service Chiefs amongst other dignitaries as well as the general public pay their last respects to the late statesman.
After the service, the body was placed on a military gun carriage vehicle for a funeral cortège through some principal streets of Accra. It was later conveyed to the new military cemetery in Burma Camp for interment amid the firing of a 19 gun salute to bid him farewell.
The former Vice President passed away in the early hours of Friday, 29 June, 2018 at the 37 Military Hospital after he, reportedly, collapsed at the Air Force Mess Gym in Accra. He was survived by a wife, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, two children, Kwasi Nyan Amissah-Arthur and Araba Attua-Afari and three grandchildren.
The late Paa Kwasi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was born on 29 April 1951 in Cape Coast to Jabesh Richmond Poorer Amissah-Arthur of blessed memory and Effie Amissah-Arthur, the third of six siblings. He was a committed Christian (Methodist), family man and a dedicated public servant who believed that service to country was a way of life.
Kwasi Amissah-Arthur lived most of his childhood in Cape Coast where he attended Queen Elizabeth day care as well as the Cape Coast Methodist ‘B’ Primary School, thence to Akim Oda, where he again attended the Methodist School. He also attended Mfantsipim Secondary School in Cape Coast for his General Certificate of Examinations (GCE) O and A Levels. He later attended the University of Ghana where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Economics in 1974.
He taught at the Economics Department of the University as a Teaching Assistant (TA) and later as a substantive lecturer.
The late Paa Kwasi Amissah-Arthur began his political career in 1983 when he was appointed the special assistant to the secretary of finance and economic planning. He later served as deputy finance minister in the PNDC government from 1993 to 1997. He again served as governor of the bank of Ghana from 1 October 2009 until 6 August 2012.
He was appointed Vice President by HE John Dramani Mahama, in which capacity he served from 6 January 2012 until 7 January 2017.