The Graphic Communications Group Limited chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association yesterday, paid a courtesy call on the New Times Corporation (NTC) to commiserate with the staff on the loss of its Presidential Correspondent, Samuel Nuamah.
The members expressed their deepest condolences to the NTC and prayed that such a tragic incident never again occurred in the annals of the corporation and the media fraternity in the country at large.
The Director of Newspapers, at the GCGL, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, speaking on behalf of the delegation, said: “We were expecting the story from the Presidency for publication, but unfortunately, we (journalists) became the story”.
He consoled the NTC and urged it to accept the news as difficult, as it may be, and move on, with a prayer that “the Good Lord gives the departed soul a peaceful rest”.
He said though the late Nuamah, 37, died at a younger age than anybody would have expected, he lived his life well, and made impact on his readers.
He pledged the GCGL’s support for the NTC as it goes through the mourning period.
The Managing Director of the NTC, Ms. Carol Annang, receiving the delegation, said staff of the corporation were still in shock, and hoped it never repeated itself in the country.
She said the corporation had lost one of its loyal servants who was in the prime of his career, adding, “his works will be missed”.
She said the expression of love towards the corporation by the entire country, following the demise of Samuel Nuamah, was an indication that the deceased had made an impact on the lives of many.
“As unfortunate as it may be, the incident provides employers a second chance to reconsider the safety of their employees, especially in the line of their duties”, she stated.
She called for concerted efforts from media organisations in the country to ensure that their reporters were treated well as they criss-crossed the country to serve the general population with information.
Members of the delegation took turns, to sign the book of condolence opened in memory of the late Nuamah at the corporation.
Samuel Nuamah died last Thursday, in an accident involving the Presidential Press Corps after covering an official assignment by the President at Ho in the Volta Region.
He left behind a wife and a son.
By Julius Yao Petetsi