President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Thursday commiserated with the family of the late Mr. Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, who died in the United States, where he was receiving treatment for an illness.
Conveying his deepest condolences to the widow and family of the politician, the President described the deceased as “one of the pillars of our great Party.”
“We have lost one of the strongest members of our Party… I am deeply saddened and I share in your pain,” he said, assuring the family government will give the family the needed support to provide the renowned pharmacist a befitting burial.
The President was accompanied by senior members of the NPP and government, including the National Chairman of the NPP, Mr Freddie Blay, Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Alan Kyemateng, Energy Minister, Mr Peter Amewu, a Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Francis Asseno Boakye and the National Organiser of the NPP, Mr Sammy Awuku.
The family informed the President that Mr Agyarko reported ill a couple of weeks ago and was taken to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where he received treatment for a while and was sent to the United States for further treatment.
Mr Agyarko died on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 21, the family told the President.
They said the family was yet to determine arrangements for his burial and funeral and said they would inform the Government in due course.
Mr. Agyarko was the former Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority from 2001 to 2009.
He was born on December 10, 1957 at Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region. He obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The news of his death has been received with shock and sadness by many Ghanaians across the country.
The MP has invariably been described as a ‘level-headed’ and an ‘affable gentleman’ who was not blinded by partisanship.
He was serving a second term in Parliament and was the Chairperson of the Environment, Science and Technology Committee.
He was also a member of the Government Assurance Committee and the Health Committee.
The Presbyterian was survived by his wife and seven children.