Breaking News: Sir John is dead….he died from COVID-19
Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John has died.
According to report he died in Accra after a short illness which was allegedly revealed as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Sir John allegedly died after testing positive for COVID-19.
Report indicated that he succumbed to complications of the disease while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
Until his death, Sir John was the chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission.
He became CEO for the Commission in March 2017 after being appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Sir John recently lost his mother and sister and are yet to be buried while he died today.
The lawyer cum politician had previously served as general secretary of the governing party between 2010 and 2014.
About Sir John
Kojo Afriyie was born in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
He attended Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School in Bekwai from where he obtained his GCE Ordinary level certificate.
He then proceeded to obtain his GCE Advanced level certificate from Konongo Odumase Secondary School in Konongo.
He was admitted to study political science at the University of Ghana.
He then enrolled at the Ghana School of Law where he graduated with Bachelor of Laws.
After this he was admitted as a solicitor and counsel for the Supreme Court of Ghana.
Afriyie entered into private law practice in 1981. During the John Agyekum Kufour administration, he was appointed head of legal services at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.
He was later made to act as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the corporation.
While managing his firm, Afriyie was also actively engaged in Ghanaian politics.
He served as the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party from 2010 to 2014.
Sir John lost his bid to secure a second term to Kwabena Agyapong.
Government Appointees who died from COVID-19
He became the second top government appointee who has died from COVID-19 after the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), Anthony KK Sam died from the ailment.
The MCE died on Friday, June 12, 2020, while receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Centre where he was rushed to after falling sick.