PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama says he is gutted by the death of Samuel Nuamah, The Ghanaian Times Presidential Correspondent, who died in the line of duty.
“Samuel, I’m so gutted by your death. Six years of dedicated service with my office and it all ends in such a waste of your life. Fare Thee Well. Rest in Peace!” President Mahama wrote in the book of condolence at the One Week rites of the late Nuamah in Accra, on Saturday.
Nuamah will be buried at the Osu Cemetery in Accra on Thursday, September 17, after a church service at the forecourt of the State House.
Rev Thomas Asiedu of the Teshie Baptist Church in Accra, who also signed the book of condolence, noted that Nuamah served his Maker well.
“Nuamah was a biological member of the Teshie Baptist Church and he had fully served the Lord as a Chorister,” he stated.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, described Nuamah as an accomplished journalist.
“We can only pray when the Lord Almighty chooses to mobilise a young, talented and accomplished journalist to join the Heavenly Media Corps, then it be a promotion from a Presidential Press Corps.”
“As a trained journalist and former Minister of Communications, it is with sadness that I bid a young friend, Mr Nuamah, an eternal Fare Thee Well.”
The Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Major Albert Don-Chebe (retired), wrote: “This is to express shock, grief and sadness at the loss of a bright young man like Samuel.”
“On behalf of management and staff of GBC, we wish to express our condolences and sorrow. We wish the family the best under the circumstances and for our brother, son and colleague, we say Rest in Perfect Peace.”
Nana Akomea, the Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who led a team from the party, described the death of Nuamah as a terrible loss.
“Your departure must certainly lead to changes that would prevent other misfortunes. Rest in Peace,” he stressed.
Mr and Mrs John Maxwell Opoku, parents of the late Nuamah, were saddened by the death of their beloved son but expressed the hope that he would rest in the bossom of the Lord.
The late Nuamah died in a lorry accident involving the Presidential Press Corps which occurred at Doryumu Junction, along the Shai Hills in the Greater Accra Region, on Thursday, August 20.
Eleven others sustained injuries and were rushed to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment.
The press corps was returning to Accra, after covering the opening session of the General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, at Ho, at which President Mahama delivered the keynote address.
The late Nuamah was born on July 29, 1978 and joined the New Times Corporation on November 1, 2007.
He hailed from Kona in the Ashanti Region and was the second of five children, comprising four boys and a girl.
He left behind a wife and a two-year-old son.
By Augustine Cobba-Biney