The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the late Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, as a figure who was diligent and forthright while alive.
He passed the comment on his official Facebook page while expressing condolence to the family of the deceased.
“I am shocked and very saddened by the news of the sudden death of my friend, the former Minister for Aviation and former Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, Hon. Kofi Adda. I extend my deepest condolences to his wife and family for their loss, and pray for God’s strength for them in these difficult times.”
“Kofi Adda will be missed, and will be remembered for his diligence and forthrightness. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen” the president wrote.
Joseph Kofi Adda died at the age of 65 on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at a hospital in Accra after a short illness.
About Kofi Adda
Joseph Adda was born at Navrongo, the capital of the Kassena-Nankana District in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
He had his secondary education at St. John’s School, Sekondi, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in politics and economics from the Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, the United States, which he attended between 1979 and 1982.
Between 1982 and 1984, he was at Columbia University, New York, where he studied for a Master’s degree in International Affairs, specialising in Finance and Banking.
He went on to get a graduate certificate in African Studies from the same university.
In 1989, he obtained a certificate in French language and civilization from the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.
Mr. Adda first entered Parliament in 2003 after winning the Navrongo Parliamentary seat in a by-election.
This was after the death of its sitting MP, John Achuliwor. He subsequently retained his seat in the 2004 general elections.
Mr. Adda served in various capacities under the Kufuor administration.
He was appointed in 2005 as the Minister for Manpower Development and Employment and later became the Energy Minister in April 2006.
In 2008, Joseph Kofi Adda retained his seat when the NPP lost the general elections but lost it in 2012 to Mark Woyongo.
He won the seat back in the 2016 election then, lost it to Upper East Regional Minister Tangoba Abayage in the NPP’s parliamentary primary ahead of the 2020 election.