The late New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kwabena Acheampong Kyeremateng Agyarko, will be buried today at Odumase-Krobo in the Eastern Region, after which his final funeral rites will follow at the Zimmerman Presbyterian School Park at Odumase-Krobo.
His death occurred on November 21, 2018, at the Yale University Hospital after he was afflicted with gallbladder infection.
Parliament yesterday held a short remembrance service in his honour for his dedicated service to the Legislature over the past six years that he was an MP. In attendance were MPs from both sides of the House, including the Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye; First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu and Deputy Majority Leader, Sarah Adwoa Safo, who read a short tribute in his honour.
The body of the late MP was supposed to have been brought to the remembrance service but due to circumstances beyond the control of the family members, it could not be brought for his colleagues to bid him farewell.
However, his body will be laid in state today for public viewing at the family residence at Christian Quarters at Odumase-Krobo from 5:00 am to 7.30 am. From there, the body will again be taken to the Zimmerman Presbyterian Church for mourners to pay their last respect to him between 8.00 am and 9.15 am.
Burial service will be held for him in the same church before his body will be sent to the Zimmerman Presbyterian Church Cemetery for the final burial.
He left behind seven children – two with the first wife, Josephine Naana Baiden Agyarko, and quintuplets with the second wife, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, who has been selected by the party to contest the upcoming by-election to replace her husband.
The children he left behind are Jane Damaris Agyarko, Daniel Wayne Tei Padi Agyarko, Kafui Nyamekye Byran Agyarko, Xose Adom Agyarko, Eyram Afriyie Agyarko, Setor Semanhyia Agyarko and Sefakor Adepa Agyarko.
Besides, he left behind six other siblings including the former Minister of Energy, Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko and Ghana’s current Ambassador to South Korea, Dufie Agyarko Kusi.
The late MP, who was the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations, entered Parliament in 2013 where he served on several committees. He was also the former Chief Executive Officer of the Foods and Drugs Authority.