Kwadwo Baah Wiredu

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Hon.
Kwadwo Baah Wiredu
Member of Parliament
for Asante Akim North
In office
January 1997 – 24 September 2008
Succeeded by Kwame Anyimadu Antwi
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning
In office
January 2005 – 24 September 2008
President John Kufuor
Preceded by Yaw Osafo-Marfo
Constituency Asante Akim North
Personal details
Born 1952
Asante Akim Agogo, Ghana
Died 24 September 2008
Pretoria, South Africa
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party New Patriotic Party
Children 6
Profession Chartered Accountant
Religion Methodist

Kwadwo Baah Wiredu (1952 – 24 September 2008) was a Ghanaian politician and a Chartered Accountant. He had been a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Ghana since January 1997 and had been a minister in the Kufuor government since 2001.

Early life and education

Baah Wiredu was born in Asante Akim Agogo. He started his secondary education at the Kumasi High School, Kumasi in 1967. He obtained the GCE Ordinary Level Certificate in 1972. He had his sixth form education at Prempeh College, also in Kumasi. Baah Wiredu proceeded to the University of Ghana in 1974 and obtained a B.Sc. in Administration (Accounting option). He then did a four-year course with the Institute of Chartered Accountants qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1985.[1]

Career

Kwadwo Baah Wiredu has worked at various positions with the now defunct Ghana Airways airline and the Volta River Authority. He has worked as a senior consultant on computer-systems and as finance manager of Ananse Systems. In addition, he was a partner in Asante Wiredu and Associates, an accounting firm, prior to being an MP.[2]

Politics

Baah Wiredu was one of the campaigners against the Union government (UNIGOV) concept put forward by General Acheampong's Supreme Military Council in 1978.[1] He joined the New Patriotic Party when it was formed in 1992. He became an MP in the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic after the 1996 parliamentary elections and has retained his seat since then. He became a minister in John Kufuor's NPP government since 2001.[3] He has so far held the portfolios of Local Government and Rural Development (2001–03)[3] and Education, Youth and Sports (2003–05).[4] He was the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, a position he had held since 2005. [5] He was the first Finance Minister in Ghana's history to present the country's Budget Statement and Economic Policy to Parliament before the arrival of the said fiscal year in 2005 for the fiscal year 2006, and since then it has become a norm for all seccessive Finance Ministers.

Death

Baah Wiredu died in South Africa where he was receiving medical treatment following a short illness.[6][7]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Minister for Finance & Economic Planning". Official website. Ghana government. Archived from the original on 28 January 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Hon. Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu (NPP) (Asanti-Akim North)". GhanaDistricts.com. Retrieved 12 May 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Eleven Minsiters Sworn-in". Ghana Web. 2 February 2001. Retrieved 12 May 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Government names new Cabinet". Ghana Web. 1 April 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Parliament suspends debate on 2006 Budget". Modern Ghana. 15 November 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Kwasi Kpodo (24 September 2008). "Ghana's finance minister dies in South Africa". African News. Reuters. Retrieved 2 October 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "How Hon. Baah Wiredu Died". Ghana Web. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
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Member of Parliament for Asante Akin North
1997–2008
Succeeded by
Kwame Anyimadu Antwi
Political offices
Preceded by
Cecilia Johnson
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Kwadwo Adjei Darko
Preceded by
Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi
Minister for Education, Youth and Sports
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Yaw Osafo-Marfo
Preceded by
Yaw Osafo-Marfo
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning
2005–2008
Succeeded by