Akoto Osei was an effective lawmaker – Bagbin

Speaker Bagbin (Left) eulogized the late Dr Anthony Akoto Osei

Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has eulogized the late former Member of Parliament for Old Tafo, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei. 

Mr Bagbin said Dr Akoto Osei was an effective legislator who was well respected.

In Parliament today Tuesday, March 21, the Speaker said “Dr Akoto Osei was a very illustrious member, very effective, very well respected, a very true gentleman.

“The former Member of Parliament  Dr Anthony Osei Akoto was not just a Member of Parliament but was also appointed a Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning and later became a Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, he really distinguished himself at both the Ministry and in Parliament for Ghana.

“Before even joining politics he was a known face and very active civil society leader who worked in the then very vibrant economic NGO.”

Dr Akoto Osei’s death  was announced on the official Facebook page of the Parliament of Ghana on Monday, March 20.

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“Former Old Tafo MP, Hon. Dr Anthony Osei Akoto passes away. May he rest in peace,” Parliament announced.

Dr Akoto Osei was in the cabinet of President John Agyekum Kufuor as Minister of State for Finance and Economic Planning.

He was a member of Parliament for the electoral district of Old Tafo in the Ashanti region.

He worked as deputy minister for Finance and Economic Planning in May 2003 and was a major economic adviser to the government.

He was elevated to substantive Minister for Finance and Economic Planning after the death of the then Minister Kwadwo Baah Wiredu.

He served in that role until 6 January 2009 when the government was handed over to the National Democratic Congress who had won the 2008 General Elections.

In February 2017, Osei was sworn in as Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation after being nominated by President Nana Akufo-Addo and going through the vetting process in the parliament of Ghana.

The ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation was a newly created Ministry to evaluate, monitor and plan review summits and forums in fulfillment of the government’s policies on evaluating the progress of its own ministries.

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