Former Aviation Minister Kofi Adda Passes Away

Reliable information reaching indicates that, a former Member of Parliament(MP) for Navrongo Central in the Upper East Region of Ghana and also the Minister for Aviation in the New Patriotic Party(NPP) government under President Akufo-Addo until January 2021, Joseph Kofi Adda, has passed away.

He took the leadership of the Aviation ministry in 2018.

Information gathered confirms that he died in the early hours of Thursday, 14th October at the age of 65.

Mr Adda had taken ill shortly after he returned to Accra from a trip to Navrongo.

Kofi Adda was married with two children. He is a Christian and a Catholic.


He worked as an Executive officer at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana in 1979. Between 1983 and 1984, he worked as a Research Analyst intern at the Third World Trade Institute, New York, USA. Over the next two years, he was an account Executive and Management trainee at the Equitable Financial Service, Inc., in New Jersey, USA. Mr. Adda has also worked at Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, USA (1986 – 1988), Thomson McKinnon Securities Inc., New York (1989 – 1991) and with Deloitte and Touche Consulting, (West Africa), Accra (1991 – 1994).

Since 1994, Joseph Adda has been the Director of Omni Consulting International (Ghana) Ltd.[3] Between 1996 and 2000, he worked in various capacities at the Ministry of Finance, Ghana.

He was a Financial Economist and a Management Consultant and the immediate past Minister for Aviation.

Political Career

Adda first became a Member of Parliament in 2003. He won the by-election for the Navrongo Central constituency after the death of the incumbent, John Achuliwor. He retained his seat in the 2004 parliamentary election.

His constituency was a part of the 2 parliamentary seats out of 13 seats won by the New Patriotic Party in that election for the Upper East Region.

He was appointed the Minister for Manpower Development and Employment by President John Kufuor in 2005.

On 28 April 2006, he was moved in a cabinet reshuffle to the position of Minister for Energy.

He was later replaced by Felix Owusu-Adjapong as Minister of Energy by President Kuffuor.

Kofi Adda retained his seat when the NPP lost the general elections in 2008. He however lost the seat in the 2012 elections to Mark Woyongo. 

Cabinet Minister

In May, 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Joseph Kofi Adda as part of nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet.

The names of the 19 ministers were submitted the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye. As a Cabinet minister, Joseph Kofi Adda is part of the inner circle of the president and is to aid in key decision making activities in the country.