A grieving President John Dramani Mahama yesterday visited the home of the late Paul Victor Obeng at Community 2 in Tema to sympathise with the widow, the children and the bereaved family over the sudden demise of the politician and statesman, who was his Senior Advisor.
Accompanied by the First lady, Lordina, senior officials at the Presidency and some ministers of state, the President expressed shock at the death of Mr Obeng, a man he had so much respect for.
The widow, Mrs Obeng, who struggled to hold back her tears, and some family members were present to receive the President and his delegation.
The entire area was in a state of mourning, as people were seen discussing the death in groups.
Some of the mourners in the vicinity shed tears, while the choir of the Good Shepherd Parish of the Catholic Church in Community 2, of which the late Obeng was a staunch member, sang to the gathering.
Mr Mahama described the late Obeng as not only a colleague but also a personal friend.
He recounted the contributions of the deceased to the birth and growth of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and said the party and the government had lost a gem.
What was even more shocking to the President was that just last week the late Obeng had been in the thick of affairs at the National Economic Forum at Senchi, near Akosombo.
Mr Mahama said it was unfortunate that such a brainy personality would be lost at this time.
The President asked the family to inform the government about preparations for the one-week funeral celebration, saying the government would participate fully in it.