Parliament is collaborating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the repatriation of the late Dr Mustapha Ahmed, a former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ayawaso East, back to Ghana.
Mr. Yussif Jajah Issaka, NDC MP for Ayawaso North, announced this on Thursday, stating that the aim is to ensure a dignified burial for Dr. Ahmed in accordance with Islamic customs.
Dr. Ahmed had travelled to India for medical treatment for a back ailment but unfortunately passed away following a surgical procedure. His demise was confirmed on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. He was 63 years old.
Mr. Issaka emphasised Parliament’s commitment to honouring the late MP with a fitting burial, acknowledging his significant contributions to Ghana’s political and economic landscape.
These sentiments were echoed by Ms. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe, Second Deputy Minority Whip, who led a delegation of the Minority Caucus to convey condolences to the family on behalf of Speaker Alban Bagbin.
Dr. Ahmed had served as the MP for Ayawaso East from 2001 to 2013 before being reassigned to Ayawaso North after the constituency was redrawn. Beyond his political career, he was a retired military officer, a dentist, and an estate developer.
Notably, he also served as the Minister of Youth and Sports during former President John Dramani Mahama’s administration.
Dr Alhassan described his death as shocking, saying, “We don’t have a choice but to respect what the Almighty Allah wants.”
He mentioned that arrangements were being made in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have the body repatriated either on Friday, February 9, or Saturday, February 10, 2024.
Ms. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe, representing Ada in Parliament, expressed her admiration for the late Dr. Mustapha Ahmed, describing him as a highly esteemed individual who left a lasting impact on Ghana’s political and social landscape.
“We mourn with the family,” she said.
He was survived by a wife and three children.