Accra, Oct 17, GNA – Former President Jerry
John Rawlings on Thursday, described the late Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V,
Paramount Chief of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area and Jamestown Mantse, as
an exceptionally remarkable man, whose reign was peaceful.
He said the late Paramount Chief was a man of
peace, who opened his doors to all political parties in the country.
Former President Rawlings made the remarks
when he joined the family, the chiefs and people of the Ngleshie Alata
Traditional Area and Jamestown Mantse to mourn the late Oblempong Ababio at
Jamestown in Accra.
He said the demise of Oblempong Ababio had created
a vacuum, which he prayed should be filled as quickly as possible to avoid
unnecessary tensions in the Traditional Area.
“Over the years, Nii Kojo Ababio applied
wisdom and knowledge in his rule, bringing progress in its trail. By sheer
sagacity, he got Ngleshie Alata raised from a divisional status to a
Paramouncy,” he said.
“His reign was largely peaceful and it is my
hope that the people of Ngleshie Alata and indeed, the whole of Ga Traditional
Area will work in unity to ensure a befitting send off for our great King.”
Nii Ngleshie Addy II, the Acting President of
the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area, said with the help of God, they would go
through the rest of the days of week-long funeral of the Paramount Chief
He said the Traditional Area and Jamestown was
still mourning the demise of their late Paramount Chief; and that as soon as
the mourning period was over, they would begin to take steps to install a new
Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V passed on December
22, 2017, after ruling for 39 years as President of Ngleshie Alata Traditional
Council in the Ga State and as James Town Mantse.
The former President was accompanied by Nii
Okaidja Adamafio, a former Minister for the Interior.
Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, who was known in
private life as Mr Ezekiel Quarmina Allotey Cofie and a brand name as Dentist
Cofie of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, was born on June 12, 1920 at James Town,
He was the son of Mr William Cofie of Aflangai
Shia, Naa Korle We and Madam Delphina Owoo from Naa Sally We Krotia Division,
Adjumaku of the Royal Stool of Ngleshie Alata (James Town) Accra.