SAMUEL NUAMAH IS DEAD!

7The Ghanaian Times yesterday lost its Presidential Correspondent, Samuel Nuamah, through a gory road crash at Doryumu Junction, along the Shai Hills, in the Greater Accra Region.

Eleven others were reported to have sustained various degrees of injuries.

The fatal accident happened while the presidential convoy, including the President, John Dramani Mahama, was returning from an official assignment in Ho.

It was gathered that a rented GMC bus in which the Press Corp were travelling, burst its rear left tyre, and the driver applied the brakes, lost control and the vehicle skidded off the road into a muddy ditch.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr. Stepson Addom, who confirmed the incident, said it happened at about 2.30pm.

The late Nuamah was born on July, 29, 1978, and joined the New Times Corporation, publishers of the Ghanaian Times, on November 1, 2007, having earlier worked there as a cub reporter.

The Vehicle carrying  the Presidential Press corp.Due to his hard work and skillful writing, he was posted to the then seat of government, Osu Castle in 2009 as the paper’s correspondent to the office of then Vice President John Mahama.

In July 2012, upon the demise of President John Evans Atta Mills, was elevated to the position of Presidential Correspondent.

He was also promoted in rank of Senior Reporter of the paper.

The late Nuamah was one of the most experienced reporters of the Ghanaian Times, having travelled extensively throughout the world, covering the activities of the President.

He left behind a wife and a son.

The news of his demise came as a shock to the entire staff of the corporation members of the editorial board who were in the editorial conference to discuss the day’s stories, were devastated when the news broke, and abandoned conference.

Workers of the corporation have remained in a state of shock, wondering why fate could be so cruel to take away the life of a young man in the prime of his career.

He is general referred to in the newsroom as a gentleman and “a person who can not even kill a fly”.

The News Editor, Matthew Ayoo, eulogised the late Nuamah as “a dependable and very reliable journalist with a natural flair and skill for writing. He was a perfect gentleman.

“I will remember him for sending his stories promptly, not giving me any problems.”

The corpse has since been deposited at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

The Chairman of the National Media Commission, Kabral Blay Amihere, expressed shock at the tragic accident and the subsequent loss of life.

He said the death had exposed the hazards journalists faced in the course of their duty, adding that it was time some of these hazards were tackled.

He expressed his condolence to the bereaved family, New Times Corporation, colleagues and all well-wishes.

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has also sent its condolence, describing the death as a huge loss to the inky fraternity. Both institutions wished the injured speedy recovery.

The president of the association, Affail Monney, said the untimely death came to all journalists as a “big blow” and prayed that “he gets a good rest in the bosom of the Creator.”

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