The delegation, led by its National Chairman, Mr. Paul Afoko with support from his first Vice, Mr. Freddie Blay and other national executives, in a tribute on behalf of the party, described Mr. Alhassan’s death as a painful loss to the political grouping.
Mr. Afoko said the former National Executive Committee (NEC) member really worked hard and would forever be missed for his meritorious contributions to the growth of the NPP in the Northern Region and the nation as a whole.
He said the former running mate to the late Prof Adu Boahene in the 1992 elections, was a father who represented all he admired in the leaders of the Northern Region.
In his tribute, Nana Akufo-Addo disclosed that Mr. R I Alhassan was his senior at the bar but he (Alhassan) accorded him (Nana Addo) the necessary courtesies.
‘R I will always say, ‘Nana you are the senior now go ahead and do your work,” he remarked.
He eulogized the deceased as one who was humble, submissive and dedicated to duty while working with him (deceased) in both his public life as a lawyer and as a politician.
The 2012 NPP flagbearer expressed deep sorrow over his mentor’s death and consoled the bereaved family to take heart.
A government delegation, led by Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, former Member of the Council of State, was also at the Education Ridge Residence of the first northern lawyer to mourn with the bereaved family and colleagues.
Members of the Ghana Bar Association were also in Tamale to show their last respects to the astute lawyer and politician.
The late RI Alhassan served as a Member of Parliament (MP) around 1965 and was detained like his other colleagues after the 1966 coup, which toppled Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s government.
Mr. Alhassan trained in the United Kingdom as a lawyer where he met an English lady from Cambridge, Janet, who became his eventual wife.
He returned to Ghana in 1961 with Janet, and with a strong passion for education, the couple established the Alhassan Gbanzagba School in Tamale.
The deceased was the uncle of Mr. Mohammed Awal, former MD of Graphic Communications and now CEO of Marble Communications, publishers of The Finder newspaper.
He was a Kumbungu Royal in Dagbon and an elder of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Tamale, who participated in the compilation of the Stolen Verdict, a protest publication of the NPP following what the party considered flawed polls in 1992.
From Stephen Zoure
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