Former NPP Chairman Esseku is dead

Mr Harona Esseku, 88, a former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is reported dead.

A statement from his family, said that he died on Wednesday, August 3, and that “burial and funeral arrangements will be announced later.”

The late Esseku, a founding member of the NPP, became chairman of the party from 2001 to 2005.

In the Second Republic, at age 35, the late Esseku became the youngest Cabinet Minister,who was in charge of Transport and Communications in the government of Kofi Abrefa Busia.

His political career started in 1968, when he was elected by the people of Awutu, Effutu, Gomoa and Agona, to represent them in the Constituent Assembly, during the drafting of the constitution of the Second Republic.

When the Progress Party was founded in 1969, Esseku was one of the members, and in the elections that took place on August29, that year, he was returned as a Member of Parliament for the Awutu-Effutu-Senya Constituency.

At the onset of the Third Republic, he became a founding member of the Popular Front Party (PFP), and later a member of the steering committee of the party.

The late Essekuwas a beneficiary of the member of the Order of the Star of Ghana award, conferred on him by the then President John Agyekum Kufuor in 2007. -GNA

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