Despite Mourns PV Obeng
Dr Osei Kwame ‘Despite’
Chief Executive Officer of the Despite Group of Companies, Dr Osei Kwame ‘Despite’, has expressed shock over the sudden death of Paul Victor Obeng, Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
Dr Osei Kwame noted that the death of PV Obeng, an astute politician, was a big blow to the private sector where he was always ready and willing to offer his ideas.
Speaking to the media in Accra Dr, Osei Kwame, popularly called Despite, said Mr Obeng’s sudden departure had left a big vacuum.
The Despite Group CEO, who owns Peace Fm, Okay Fm, Hello Fm, Neat Fm, UTV, and other businesses, described PV Obeng as someone who had time for everyone and was always ready to assist.
Recounting his first meeting with the late P.V Obeng, OK, as he is affectionately called, said he came face to face with deceased when he wanted to venture into the salt production industry.
‘Ernest (CEO of Special Ice Mineral Water) and myself went to his office in Tema for ideas and counsel regarding salt production and we marvelled at and were awed by his humility and willingness to support our project despite the fact that he was also into the same business,’ he noted.
‘I am totally shocked about the news of his death. It’s the Lord who gives and takes when He wants to, but this is very painfulMay his soul rest in perfect peace,’ he stated.
‘Our gratitude goes to the late Mr Obeng for it is through his support and advice that we are the third largest salt producer in the country.’
Dr Osei Kwame owns U2 iodated salt company.
The Chairman of the NDPC died last Saturday after a suspected asthma attack.
He was said to have collapsed behind his steering wheel just around the Agapet filling station on the Spintex Road, Accra, and was rushed to the LEKMA Hospital, Teshie, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The Municipal Health Director at LEKMA, Dr Leticia Wiafe, told the media Dr Obeng was brought to the hospital in a taxi.
The taxi driver reportedly saw Dr Obeng’s car parked in the middle of the road and decided to find out what was wrong. He was said to have found Mr Obeng’s head bowed behind the steering wheel.
His death has shocked the nation and the political establishment.
P.V. Obeng, a businessman and engineer by profession, and Dr Osei Kwame, served as board members of Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
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