Former Minister Of Aviation, Kofi Adda dies At 65

Former Minister Of Aviation, Kofi Adda dies At 65



A former Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, has died. Mr. Adda who is the immediate past Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central in Upper East Region died at the age of 65. According to a relative, Mr. Adda died in the early hours of Thursday, October 14, 2021 on arrival at the Legon Hospital. The relation said he had


been battling with ill-health for the past few years. Mr. Adda also served as Minister of Sanitation in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s first term. He was also a Financial Economist and then a Management Consultant. A former Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Kennedy Nyarko Osei, also confirmed the death of his former colleague on social media and commiserated with the family.



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 also in politics and economics from the Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, the United States, which he attended between 1979 and 1982. Between



the 1982 and 1984, he was at Columbia University, New York, where he also studied for a Master’s degree in International Affairs, also specialising in Finance and Banking. He went on to get a graduate certificate in African Studies from the same university. In 1989, he also obtained a certificate in French language and also civilization from the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.



Political career

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 then subsequently retained his seat in the 2004 general elections. Mr. Adda served in various capacities under the Agyekum Kufuor administration. He was appointed in 2005 as 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.