Ghana's National Flag will fly at half-mast across the country to commemorate the death of former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, for the next five days.

A Book of Condolence will also be opened on Wednesday at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) and in all nations across the world to signify to the world that Ghana was mourning a high ranking member of the State who passed on last Friday, 29th June, 2018.

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, announced these on Tuesday when the family of former Vice President Amissah-Arthur, formally announced his death to him at the Jubilee House in Accra.

The President said even though he respected the wishes of Vice President Amissah-Arthur for a simple but dignified burial, he believed he was not only a member of their family, but also a high ranking official of the State— a former Vice President of the Republic who could have become the President of Ghana.

As such, President Akufo-Addo said, the former Vice President's wishes would have to give way for a full state burial befitting his stature as former Vice President of the country. He said the former Vice President was vibrant in his public life, who had so much in him to give to Ghana.

Even though away from town when the news broke, President Akufo-Addo said, he instructed the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, to visit the bereaved wife and family and express Government’s condolences to them, adding that he would visit the bereaved wife and family when he returned on Saturday, which he did.

President Akufo-Addo said although they were not very close friends, he knew him and had a lot of admiration for him as a very fine public servant, with dignity and respect for humanity and one who conducted himself well in the public sphere.

The spokesperson of the family, Jabesh Amissah-Arthur, expressed the family's gratitude to the President for joining the widow and the family their North Ridge residence.
Jabesh Amissah-Arthur said they were also grateful to the President for the promise that the state would actively play a role in the preparation of the funeral and burial of the Late Vice President.

"We have had excellent co-operation from your staff, especially the State Protocol and we have made extensive progress in the discussions," he stated.

Members of the family present were the widow, mother of the deceased, Mrs Amissah-Arthur and his siblings, Chief of Ogua, a former Member of the Council of State, a former National Security Adviser, Chiefs, elders and family members.

Former Vice President Amissah-Arthur's death was announced on the morning of Friday, June 29, after he allegedly collapsed at a gym and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The news came as a shock as he was not reported to have taken ill.


Source : Rex Mainoo