Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John has died.
He is reported to have died in Accra after testing positive for Covid-19 a few days back.
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah confirmed to ABC News he tested positive for Covid-19 and was undergoing treatment at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital ICU when he died.
The former NPP scribed was said to have been admitted to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital last Thursday and he was moved to the ICU when he started experiencing breathing difficulties. He was subsequently placed on a ventilator but could not survive.
Until his death, Sir John was the CEO of the Forestry Commission.
Sir John was appointed CEO of the Forestry Commission in March 2017 by President Akufo-Addo.
Prior to that, he had served as General Secretary of the NPP between 2010 and 2014.
A popular statement many will remember him for is “fear delegates”, a quote that pops up every political season.
Sir John was born in the Ashanti Region and he attended Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School in Bekwai from where he obtained his GCE Ordinary Level Certificate.
He then obtain his GCE Advanced Level Certificate from Konongo Odumase Secondary School in Konongo.
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie was admitted to study political science at the University of Ghana after which he enrolled at the Ghana School of Law where he graduated with Bachelor of Laws.
He was then admitted as a solicitor and counsel for the Supreme Court of Ghana. Sir John entered into private law practice in 1981.
During the John Agyekum Kufour administration, he was appointed head of legal services at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).
He was later made to act as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the corporation.
While managing his firm, Sir John was also actively engaged in Ghanaian politics.
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 will run for the NPP General Secretary position if there was an overwhelming call for him to do so.