Ghana is in a state of shock as news broke yesterday about the death of her finance minister, Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu in South Africa. Media reports say he was attending a conference and fell ill but died at a medical hospital later. Government officials confirmed the news but said information is sketchy.
President Kufuor, who is currently attending the UN General Assembly in the US said he is devastated.
Ghanaians have expressed shock about the news and described him as one of the best Ghana has ever had. “This is unbelievable and dumbfounded. Ghana has lost an illustrious son,” Rose Adonteng, a roasted plantain seller told Africanews.com as she listened to the news on a portable radio set. He served under President Kufuor administration as a Minister of Local Government and Rural Development before assuming the post of the Finance and Economic Planning Minister.
Biography. Born in 1952 at Asante Akyem Agogo in the Ashanti Region, Baah-Wiredu, a product of Kumasi High School from 1967 to 1972 where he obtained his ‘O’ Level Certificate and Prempeh College from 1972 to 1974 for the ‘A’ Level, also attended the University of Ghana where he obtained a degree in administration (accounting option). He also qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 after a four-year course at the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He has since January 1997, represented Asante Akyem North as Member of Parliament on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party after winning parliamentary elections in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Baah-Wiredu became a minister in President J.A. Kufuor’s government in 2001 after being appointed Local Government and Rural Development Minister (2001-2003) where he endeared himself to all and sundry with his down-to-earth approach to issues.
He was also Education, Youth and Sports Minister (2003-2005) before replacing Yaw Osafo Maafo as Minister for Finance and Economic Planning in 2005 until his death.