General News of Sunday, 26 February 2017
President Nana Akufo-Addo and ex-President J.A. Kufuor, Mike Ocquaye and a host of other political figures were in Kumasi to mourn with Trade Minister.
Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen and his family were performing the final funeral rites of Bridget Kyerematen-Darko, a victim of the La gas explosion.
Bridget Kyerematen-Darko, 58, a sister of the Minister, died from injuries from the La gas explosion which occurred last December when the fire from the explosion extended to her shop, Aid to Artisans Ghana.
She has been working there as the Executive Director until her death.
More than ten other persons were confirmed dead with over 40 said to have been injured in the explosion.
She earlier worked in the cocoa industry as a Projects Officer and later joined the Ministry of Finance where she worked with a team on Private Sector Reform.
Mrs Kyerematen-Darko, however, left the Ministry in 1993 to join ATAG, a non-governmental organization established in 1989 to support the development of the Craft Industry in Ghana.
President Akuffo-Addo who was joined by the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo led a strong government delegation which also included the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo; Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto; Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah; Deputy Chief of Staff-Asenso Boakye among others.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) faithful were also there in their numbers to mourn with Mr Kyerematen who held the same portfolio in the erstwhile Kufuor administration at the Kumasi Jubilee Park.
With live band performances from highlife legend Amakye Dede and another artiste to climax the funeral, mourners had the opportunity commensurate with the family over their loss and also went home entertained.