First Lady consoles bereaved families

The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, last Thursday mourned with the families of the late Hajia Adiza Sali and Madam Agnes Tiah, the respective Deputy Greater Accra and Volta Regional Women’s organisers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), at their family homes at Abelenkpe and Ashaley Botwe in Accra.

The First Lady was accompanied by Mr Joseph Ade Coker, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NDC; Madam Anita De Sousa, the National Women’s Organiser; Hajia Zaynab Joyce Mahama, the Deputy National Women’s Organiser, and some regional and constituency women’s organisers of the party.

The two deputy women’s organisers died in a motor accident on the Kintampo–Techiman highway after attending the funeral of Mrs Mercy Ankomah, the First Lady’s elder sister.

Mrs Mahama, who extolled the virtues of Hajia Adiza, said she would be missed, as she was a hard-working party executive, loving and compassionate.

She pledged to support the family in whatever way she could to preserve Hajia Adiza’s memory, particularly her good works in the community.

Hajia Adiza’s mother, Hajia Amina Sali, expressed gratitude to the First Lady for the visit and assured her that although Hajia Adiza was a major part of her (Hajia Amina’s) life, as well as that of the family, they had accepted what God had destined and would pull together as one family in this time of great grief.

 Hajia Adiza’s husband, Chief Ahmed Ibrahim, the Chief of the Wangara community in the Ashanti Region, told the First Lady that Hajia Adiza’s death had been pre-destined and that if she had not travelled to Kintampo, once she had finished her sojourn on earth, her death would still have occurred as planned by God.

He thanked the First Lady for her show of concern, compassion and great love for the family.

The First Lady donated food items and an unspecified amount to the widower and the deceased’s mother towards the funeral rites scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, May 4, 2014.

At Madam Tiah’s family home at Ashaley Botwe, the First Lady paid tribute to the deceased, saying she was a dedicated woman who led an exemplary life and was full of energy and a desire to help others.

She said it was unfortunate the country had lost a patriotic and hard-working woman.

Mrs Mahama, who could not hold back her tears, promised to support the bereaved family to give Madam Tiah a fitting burial.

The Spokesperson for the family, Mr Jacob Volta Lake, informed the First Lady that a meeting would be convened on May 10, 2014 to decide the burial date of Madam Tiah and that the date would be conveyed to the First Lady.

Mrs Mahama also visited the Greater Accra Regional Women’s Organiser of the NDC, Madam Vivian Ankrah, and her driver, Mr George Osei, at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

She empathised with the victims and wished them speedy recovery from the injuries they sustained.

Madam Ankrah assured Mrs Mahama that she would get well earlier than anticipated, saying she was hopeful to be discharged in good time.

The two victims sustained various degrees of injury in the Kintampo accident and were flown to the 37 Military Hospital for medical treatment.

The First Lady used the opportunity to visit other patients on admission at the hospital.

 A naval officer on admission expressed delight at seeing the First Lady.

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