Former Transport Minister begins final journey home

The late former Minister of Transport, DzifaAttivor, yesterday began her final journey home with a pre-burial service held for her at the forecourt of the State House in Accra.

It was a solemn and well-attended service for the late former National Coordinator of the Volta Caucus of the National Democratic Congress(NDC),  who passed on in November last year aged 65.

Her remains would be laid to rest at a private burial on Saturday at Abutia-Teti in the Volta Region where a burial and thanksgiving service would be held to bid her farewell.

Among the mourners were the former President and 2020 flag bearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin; Majority and Minority leaders in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu and Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu.

Others include the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson AsieduNketiah, Director of Elections for NDC, Elvis AfriyieAnkrah, Former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah as well as politicians, religious leaders, friends and associates.

Clad in black and red attire, they took turns to file past the remains of the late politician to pay their last respects at the service that lasted for three hours. At around 9:15 am, her casket was closed and draped with colours of the NDC.

Delivering his tribute, Mr Mahama recounted some of the engagements he had with the deceased throughout the period in which she served as a Minister until her passing, describing her as a hard-working and selfless woman.

According to him, Mrs Attivor would be remembered for her contribution to the growth of the country’s transport sector through projects like the construction of the Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3, Ho, Tamale and Kumasi airports.

A tribute read by a representative of Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, on behalf of the Ministry, highlighted the unenviable success chalked by the former Minister which he said would remain evergreen in the history of the sector.

He said the achievements of the former Minister was made possible by the cordial co-operation that existed between her and her staff, adding that the Ministry would continue her good works.

The children led by Adzo eulogised her late mother and underscored the pivotal role she played in shaping their lives growing up, especially, in the aspect of education.

Delivering the sermon, the Synod Moderator of the Volta West Presbyterian Church, Rev. Prof. David Bruce admonished dignitaries and well-wishers present to exhibit a life of generosity and selflessness while on earth as shown by the deceased.

He further said it was better to be remembered by people with a good name than having all the wealth on this earth.

He consoled the bereaved family and encouraged them to seek the face of God and he prayed for them and all loved ones.

BY BENJAMIN ARCTON-TETTEY

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