Ghanaians are mourning the passing of former minister Dr. Mustapha Ahmed, who briefly headed the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2015 under the Mahama regime.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has joined thousands to mourn the loss of former Minister, who passed away in India at the age of 63 on Wednesday.
Just one day following the announcement of Dr. Ahmed’s death, the ministry he once led issued a statement paying tribute.
It joins a long list of sportsmen and women who have honored the memory and service of the late minister, who also served in the Ghanaian army.
In their statement released Thursday, February 8th, the ministry described his passing as “difficult news” and pledged to honor the late Minister for his devotion to country.
“The late former sports minister served diligently during his tenure as Minister of Youth and Sports, even though he was the minister to have served for the shortest period in the Sports Ministry,” the Ministry said.
“The late Dr. Mustapha Ahmed was also the Member of Parliament for the people of the Ayawaso East constituency from 2001 to 2013.”
The Ministry also offered its deepest condolences to Dr. Ahmed’s family in this difficult period of grief. “We would like to send our deepest condolences and assure his family that our prayers and thoughts are with them during this difficult period of grief. May his soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Lord,” their statement read.
Other tributes have poured in as well, with astute sports broadcaster Kofi Asare Brako describing him as a “humble man”. Football writer Sheikh Tophic Sienu also emotionally bid farewell, saying he has “lost a father, a companion, a friend, a comrade, and a believer.”
Born into the Bissa ethnic group of Kulungu in the Upper East, the former minister also served in the Ghana army before venturing into politics.
Prior to his short-lived appointment helming the Ministry, Dr. Ahmed served as Minister of State at the Presidency under President John Mahama. Though his leadership of the sports ministry lasted just 8 months, he brought great dedication to uplifting Ghanaian youth and athletes.
Beyond his ministerial legacy, Dr. Ahmed was a stalwart Ayawaso East MP for over a decade. His career also included military service and working as a dentist, showcasing his varied commitment to civic service.
He survived by a wife and three Children