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Former DCE laid to rest

TENS OF thousands of mourners converged at the Junior High School ‘A’ park in Nkwanta, the Municipal capital of Nkwanta South, to pay their last respects to the departed former District Chief Executive (DCE) of the assembly in the John Kufuor administration, Mr Samuel Kofi Blagodzi.


He was airlifted for burial at his village, Chillinga, over the weekend.  He died on October 14, 2017 at the St Joseph Catholic Hospital at Nkwanta after a protracted illness.


He was 76 and left behind a wife and six children, including Maxwell Kofi Blagodzi, the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, and lawyer Chief/Supt of Police, Kwaku Blagodzi.


The late Blagodzi was firm, fair and a disciplinarian and the first Nkwanta constituency chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).


He was a teacher, politician, a family man, father to the fatherless, philanthropist and humanitarian.


In a tribute by his children they described him “as the pillar and anchor who had departed from the chain with a destruction storm visiting their home and though he did not serve in any war, he lived through his share of history.”


The NPP also described how he nurtured an opposition party in an environment of uncertainties, insecurity, intimidation, harassment, intolerance and risky enterprise that demanded courage, fortitude and selfless sacrifice.


The party commended him for his commitment and courage, which served as an unshakable pillar of the NPP in the Volta Region.


According to the NPP, it was extremely challenging because he was the target of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) but he stood his grounds and remained steadfast and committed to the NPP.

Other tributes were from the wife, grandchildren and the Catholic Church.


Preaching the sermon at the burial service, the Catholic Bishop of Jasikan Diocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Mante, exalted Christians to live a life worthy of emulation as the late Blagodzi did.

He said his death was a celebration of life and success.


Among the numerous mourners were the Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Eastern Regional Minister Joseph Tetteh, Tommy Amematekpor, once a Special Assistant to then President J.A. Kufuor, and Kenwuud Nuworsu, a former Deputy Minister of Manpower and Employment.


Ambassador Kwasi Owusu Yeboah, Ghana’s Ambassador to Togo, DCEs from the region, Nana Boateng II, paramount chief of Assin Fosu, chiefs and queens from Volta Region, Dr Samuel Sarpong of the office of the Vice President, who led  a delegation from the presidency, the NDC, led by a former Regional Minister, Helen  Adzoa Ntoso, and Geoffrey Kini, Member of Parliament for Nkwanta South, Joseph Nayan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer  of Minerals Commission, Mr Joseph  Denteh, Deputy Administrator of GETFUND, regional and constituency party executives.

Source: Mohammed

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