Information reaching intern news Network discloses that the former general Secretary for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the CEO Forestry Commission, Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, sir John has passed on.
He was reported to have died Wednesday, July 1 , 2020 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness.
It was alleged that the renowned lawyer died after testing positive for the novel Coronavirus(COVID 19).
PROFILE OF KWADWO OWUSU AFRIYIE
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie
|CEO Forestry Commission|
|Preceded by||Samuel Afari Dartey|
|Head of legal GNPC|
|President||John Agyekum Kufour|
|Died||July 1, 2020
|Political party||New Patriotic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Ghana, Ghana School of Law|
Early life and education
Afriyie entered into private law practice in 1981. During the John Agyekum Kufouradministration, 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. He lost his bid to secure a second term to Kwabena Agyapong. In May 2017, while serving as the CEO of the Forestry Commission, he publicly declared that he would contest the New Patriotic Party’s general secretary elections if there was an overwhelming call for him to do so.
CEO of Forestry Commission
In March 2017, President Nana Akuffo-Addo appointed Afriyie as CEO of the Forestry Commission. He replaced Samuel Afari Dartey, whose term as the CEO had ended. His appointment was surprising to many Ghanaians because of many rumours that he was linked to the position of head of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority. That position was given to Paul Asare Ansah.Afriyie later revealed that the rumours were true but he had rejected the appointment due to his fear of the sea. He thanked the president for the Forestry Commission appointment and believed that since he hailed from the forest zone of Ghana, he would be able to have a greater impact in that area.
As CEO of the Forestry Commission, Afriyie’s job is to oversee the various public agencies that form the divisions of the Commission.His first assignment as head of the commission was to supervise the celebration of World Forest Day which fell on 21 March 2017.