A DELEGATION of the board of directors and management of the Graphic Communications Group yesterday visited The New Times Corporation to commiserate with management and staff on the death of Mr. Samuel Nuamah, the Presidential Correspondent of the Ghanaian Times. Mr. Nuamah lost his life in a gory motor accident at the Doryumu Junction, along the Shai Hills-Tema drive in the Greater Accra Region.
Mr. Ken Ashigbey, Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group, who led the delegation, expressed his heartfelt condolence on behalf of the board.
“Upon hearing the demise of Sammy, the management and board of the Graphic Communications Group thought it wise to come and commiserate with the organisation. On behalf of the Group, I would like to express my warmest condolence,” he said.
Mr. Ashigbey said the Graphic Communications Group would support, in whatever way they could in terms of publicizing, as well as supporting financially, through the fund raising exercise initiated by the New Times Corporation.
Ms. Joyce Osei Agyekum, a board member with the Graphic Communications Group, said asides the competition in the work of the media, they were one big family and that it was a tragic loss for a young journalist full of promise to pass on.
“We hope and pray it never happens again. We will come and support you during the final rites,” she said.
Ms Carol Annang, Managing Director of the New Times Corporation, said the love and concerns shown by the media fraternity as well as other sympathizers had been overwhelming.
She, however, expressed concern about how viral the news of the death of Samuel Nuamah had gone without the notice of the family saying, “Although we want to be the first to break the story, sometimes we need to wait a little and make some check ups before we break the news. His wife, who resides outside the country, received the shocking news through the social media and his parents on a radio station which is not the right medium”.
She, further, called on other media organisations to be circumspect in dealing with issues of tragic reportage.
Ms Annang said the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) had offered the Press Centre for the one week celebration on Saturday and hoped when the bereaved family finalized the date and arrangement for the interment, the corporation would inform the public accordingly.
She explained that the one week-observation, was shifted from Thursday to Saturday because President John Dramani Mahama would like to attend “since he is currently out of the country on a trip to Mauritius”.
She announced that the corporation was in the process of establishing a fund to enable the public to donate to support the family left behind by Nuamah.
By Michael Kwame Donkor and Janet Opoku Asantewaa