President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has paid tribute to the late former Aviation Minister Joseph Kofi Adda describing him as diligent and forthright.
“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 said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Joseph Kofi Adda died at 65 on Thursday (14 October) at a hospital in Accra after a short illness.
Joseph Kofi Adda became MP for the Navrongo Central in 2003, through a by-election after the passing of the incumbent, John Setuni Achuliwor.
He later retained his seat in the parliamentary election in 2004.
Adda was also Minister for Energy in the New Patriotic Party government under President John Agyekum Kufuor.
Adda retained his seat when the NPP lost the general elections in 2008. He, however, lost the seat in the 2012 elections to Mark Woyongo.
He was a financial economist and a management consultant.
He had his secondary education at St. John’s School, Sekondi in the Western Region and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in politics and economics from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, United States.
He studied for a Master’s degree in International Affairs, specializing in Finance and Banking at the Columbia University, New York. He went on to get a graduate certificate in African Studies from the same university.
In 1989, he obtained a certificate in French and civilization from the Sorbonne University, Paris, France. He worked as an executive officer at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana in 1979.
Between 1983 and 1984, he worked as a research analyst intern at the Third World Trade Institute, New York, USA. Over the next two years, he was an account executive and management trainee at the Equitable Financial Service, Inc. in New Jersey, USA.
Adda had also worked at Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, USA (1986 – 1988), Thomson McKinnon Securities Inc., New York (1989 – 1991) and with Deloitte and Touche Consulting, (West Africa), Accra (1991 – 1994).
Between 1996 and 2000, he worked in various capacities at the Ministry of Finance, Ghana.
He was appointed the Minister for Manpower Development and Employment by President John Kufuor in 2005.
On 28 April 2006, he was moved in a cabinet reshuffle to the position of Minister for Energy.
He was later replaced by Felix Owusu-Adjapong as Minister of Energy by President Kufuor.