Ex Prez. Kufour poses with family
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor last Saturday received the family of the late Prof. Asenso-Okyere at his residence.
The family travelled to the former President’s residence to formally announce the death of the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, who passed away recently.
The visit was also to invite the former President to participate in the final funeral rites of the late academic, who passed away at the age of 68.
Ofori Kuragu, who is close to the family, presented two bottles of schnapps in line with the Akan tradition.
In a brief speech, he informed the former President that the late Prof. Asenso Okyere died in Ulbaator, Mongolia while on an FAO duty tour of Ethiopia and Mongolia.
He announced that a night vigil would be held at the University of Ghana on July 12, 2014 while the body would be laid in state on July 18, 2014 at his residence (Tabuwaa Lodge), East Legon from 5 to 7 am.
A Mass Service at the St. Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Legon would be held from 8am on the same day.
He added that the body would be conveyed to Kumawu-Woraso, Kumasi for funeral rites, burial and Thanksgiving Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Kumawu-Woraso.
On Sunday, July 27, 2014, another Memorial and Thanksgiving Mass would be held at the St. Aquinas Catholic Church at Legon, Accra, he added.
Ex-President John Agyekum Kufour described the death of Prof. Asenso Okyere as sudden and very unfortunate, adding that the deceased was an embodiment of hard work and discipline.
Although it is difficult to overcome death, it is important for everyone to rest from time to time, according to him.
He assured the bereaved family that he would monitor the arrangements and avail himself.
He charged the children of the deceased to continue the good work their father, stressing that they should support their mother in all her endeavours and give their father a befitting burial.
Four of the children of the deceased, Kwadwo Baafour, Kwabena Agyeman, Eno Asenso and Ofosu, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, said they would continue the legacy of their late father by working hard, showing humility and love in all their endeavours.
Other members of the delegation were Prof. Felix Asante, Dr. Kwadwo Tutu, Dr. Agyeman Dua and Stella Amoa, Director of Public Affairs, University of Ghana, Legon.
Mrs Stella Amoa noted that plans were underway to honour the late Prof. Asenso Okyere on July 12, 2014.
Prof. Asenso Okyere, who was survived by six children and a widow, Nana Yaa Asenso-Okyere, died on May 9, 2014 at Ulbaatar, Mongolia.
By Solomon Ofori
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