The mortal remains of Togbi Kporku III, 65, Dufia of Alakple, in the Volta Region, were laid to rest for his final royal journey to his ancestral home, at a private cemetery in Alakple, at the weekend.
The late chief passed away on November 6, last year after a short illness at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
Togbi Kporku until his installation was an astute civil engineer and was involved in the planning, design and front line management of highway projects throughout Ghana.
In 1998, he was appointed by the then President John Rawlings as Ghana’s Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary to the Japan and with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Preaching the sermon at the funeral, the Bishop of the Ho Diocese of the Catholic Church, the Reverend Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, urged Christians to show love and to do away with materialism.
“It should be our desire as Christians to transform our lives that will be acceptable to God our maker,” Bishop Fianu said.
He said Togbi Kporku has paid his due in life and led a life worth emulating, and prayed that God should comfort his soul.
The wife of the late chief, Mrs. Monica Kporku, (Nee Naa Lamiley Ernest Bruce), in a tribute said Togbi Kporku proved in words and deeds that he was a good husband, father and leader.
“Not only were you a solid figure in each of our children’s lives, but you influenced the lives of members of your family, friends and acquaintances. You inspired and changed them by simply living an exemplary life”, she said of the husband.
Other tributes were read by the children, Anlo Traditional Council and the Ghana Institution of Engineers.
Present at the burial service were the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, former President Rawlings, Volta Regional Minister, Helen Ntoso, Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani, Minister of Transport, Fifi Kwetey, clergy, Members of Parliament and traditional rulers.
From Kafui Gati, Alakple