President John Mahama, has presented a compensation and support package worth Ȼ93,000 to the family of the late Samuel Nuamah who lost his life in the tragic motor accident involving the presidential press corps on August 20.
The package consists of Ȼ50,000 into the endowment fund set up for his little son, 5,000 dollars (Ȼ18,500) for his wife, Lillian, Ȼ20,000 for his mother and father and Ȼ5,000 for his family.
Samuel Nuamah was the Ghanaian Times Presidential Correspondent at the Flagstaff House.
He died on the spot on August 20, this year when a bus conveying him and other presidential reporters from Ho, in the Volta Region to Accra after covering the President’s assignment there, bust a tyre and somersaulted before crashing. Other reporters were severely injured.
Presenting the package to the family at a meeting at the Presidential Lounge of the Accra International Conference Centre on Friday, President Mahama described the offer as a token to help alleviate any hardship on the dependants of Nuamah.
The meeting was to create the platform for the family and management of New Times Corporation to thank the President for the assistance towards the funeral on September 17.
President Mahama, said “although the package cannot compensate for the life lost, it would provide some comfort for the bereaved family, particularly the widow and child”.
For Nuamah’s two-year old son, he said the Ȼ50,000 will be put into the Nuamah Education Fund established by the New Times Corporation to provide his educational and welfare needs.
The fund, he believed, would help to secure a good future for the child.
He described the passing of Nuamah as “a collective loss”, and, therefore, assured the family of the Presidency’s continued assistance.
President Mahama said he had directed the relevant officials to expedite action on the accident report, indicating that the family would be duly informed about any available insurance payments.
Mr. Julius Debrah, the Chief of Staff, who gave the details of the package, hoped it would help ameliorate the difficulties that the family might encounter due to the absence of its breadwinner.
He also gave assurance that all outstanding issues would be dealt with, and urged the family to accept the Presidency’s offer.
Head of Family, Michael Kabu Mensah, thanked the Presidency for the package, and indicated their acceptance of the offer.
He particularly thanked President Mahama for ensuring that the late Nuamah was offered a befitting funeral, saying the family remained highly appreciative.
Board Chairperson of New Times Corporation, Rose-Margaret Kpodo, also expressed appreciation to the President for the support, as well as the assistance offered by the Presidency during the planning of the funeral.