President Mahama Mourns P.V Obeng

Paul Victor Obeng
Paul Victor Obeng

President John Dramani Mahama on Friday joined hundreds of mourners who thronged the State House to attend a non-denominational church service for the late Mr P.V. Obeng.

Paul Victor Obeng
Paul Victor Obeng

Among those at the service were Mrs Lordina Mahama, the First Lady, Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur and his spouse, Former President Jerry John Rawlings, Former President John Agyekum Kufuor and Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, the Speaker of Parliament.

Also at the service were Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, the Diplomatic Corps, religious leaders and the leadership of political parties.

In a tribute read on his behalf by Dr Edward Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communications, President Mahama described the late Mr P.V. Obeng as a mentor and unifier, whose commitment to duty would forever be missed.

He said the late P.V provided support and pieces of advice to various politicians in the country, irrespective of their political affiliations, social, economic or geographical location.

He said he would particularly be remembered for his contribution to the governance system of his administration, especially in the organisation of the Senchi Economic Forum.

The President also described him as the selfless and tireless Ghanaian whose wise counseling inspired him as a politician.

In a sermon, Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Accra, described as ?a man of faith and selfless servant of the state…with indefatigable commitment to duty.?

He said the late statesman was gone but his legacy of love for God and duty would continue to linger in the minds and tongues of all Ghanaians and beyond.

Most Rev Palmer-Buckle appealed to the youth to take a leaf from the late P.V whose commitment and love for politics went beyond the confines of his own political party and provided their support for the betterment of Ghana.

Mrs Rose Obeng, said in a tribute read on her behalf her late husband was her advisor and brother who refused during his lifetime to settle their differences outside their roof.

Mr Obeng, who was born on 19th August 1947 to Mr James Obeng and Mrs Mary Obeng, died on May 17 aged 67.

He was a member of the Provisional National Defence Council as well as the Chairman of the Committee of Secretaries from 1986 to 1992 and Presidential Advisor for Governmental Affairs, from1992 to 1997.

The late P.V Obeng was also the Chairman of Transition team that was set up by President John Evans Atta Mills and was subsequently appointed the Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission, a position he held until his death.

In the academia and Sports, the late statesman was also the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology and one time Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Club.

There were also messages from other churches and religious leaders to pay their last respect to the late statesman.

Tributes were also read by members of his family, children and his parish.

The late P.V Obeng would be flown to Kumasi for the second phase of the funeral programme, where he would later be sent to Adansi Akokeri in the Ashanti Region, his hometown, where he would be buried.

Final funeral rites and thanksgiving service would also be held in Akokeri on Saturday and Sunday respectively.


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