“A very quiet young man on the outside but his name, Samuel Nuamah, and personality was easily recognizable. Why? I don’t know. But any time I look within the Press Corps at functions, he was one of the few I spotted, always smartly dressed with a bag in hand.
“Samuel! I am so gutted by your death. Six years of dedicated service to my office and all ends in such a waste of your life. Like other members of the Flagstaff House’s Press Corps, I have followed your reports in The Ghanaian Times
“Adieu Sammy, fare thee well!”
These were the sentiment expressed in a tribute by President John Dramani Mahama, which was read yesterday in Accra by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah at the funeral and burial service of Samuel Nuamah, of the New Times Corporation
Samuel Nuamah, who died in a motor accident at Shai Hills in the Eastern Region on August 20 when the Presidential Press Corps was returning from Ho, the Volta Regional capital after covering the opening session of the seventh General Assembly of the Evangelical Assembly addressed earlier that day by the President.
The President described the accident that led to his death as traumatising and was least expected considering his dedicated service to his office and the fact that Mr. Nuamah was of a young age.
“It was a traumatizing Thursday and as a pick up the regular reports of the recovery process at the accident scene, death was not what came to mind. We have over the years build a strong relationship with our press corps,” he said.
A presiding Pastor of the Teshie Baptist Church, Rev. Thomas Asiedu, in a sermon, admonished friends and family of late Samuel Nuamah to comfort themselves in the Lord despite the loss.
Recounting Jesus’ encounter with Mary at the tomb of Lazarus in John Chapter 11 of the Bible, Rev. Asiedu noted that there was hope for people who put their trust in God instead of their abilities and strengths.
“Death is inevitable and we shall all die one day. However, there was hope for those who die in the Lord because such people will be resurrected at the last day as Lazarus was resurrected by the Lord four days after his death,” he said.
He urged Ghanaians to commit their ways to God and live exemplary lives to serve as an encouragement to others years after their departure from earth.
According to him, it was a total futility for people to pride themselves with material gains and be disrespectful to others as death would rip them off their wealth and riches someday.
Rev. Asiedu said God, through the Bible entreated all and sundry to live a life of righteousness, discipline, honesty, commitment and love for others as people would be judged on their deeds
Rev. Aseidu quoted Thessalonians 4:13-18 stressing “for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them who sleep in Jesus will rise again. Therefore comfort one another with these words”.
The Managing Director of New Times Corporation, Mrs. Carol Annang described Mr. Nuamah as an experienced reporter who had travelled extensively across the world to cover the activities of the President.
She said his death came as a great shock which had adversely affected the Editorial Department of the company.
By Charles Amankwa