The Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John is dead.
He died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 after an illness.
Sir John recently lost a sister of his and went to perform the one-week rites at his hometown, Wonoo in the Ashanti Region.
When he returned to Accra, he fell ill and was admitted to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
He reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Working in his private capacity, Sir John in April 2020 distributed some items to some health institutions as his contribution to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The beneficiary institutions were the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Ankaase Methodist Hospital, Asonomaso Hospital, Old Tafo Hospital, Kwadaso SDA Hospital and Wonoo Clinic.
Many have paid tribute to Sir John, who was a former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for instance posted on Facebook that he spoke to Sir John on Tuesday only to hear of his passing on Wednesday.
Mr Owusu Afriyie, a lawyer by profession, who had been in private practice since 1981 served as General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) between 2010 and 2014.
He was a Political Science graduate from the University of Ghana and obtained his LLB from the same university.
He was a product of Bekwai SDA Secondary School and Konongo Odumase Secondary (KOSS) both in the Ashanti Region.
He previously worked at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer in an acting position during President John Kufuor’s administration and also as head of Legal Services.