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President John Dramani Mahama has assured the family of the late Komla Afeke Dumor that the government will participate fully in the funeral of the iconic broadcaster.
He said the demise of the 41-year-old BBC presenter was not a loss to the family alone but to Ghana, Africa and the world.
Consequently, he said, the government would work with the family to give the late Dumor a befitting funeral.
The President gave the assurance when a delegation of the bereaved family, led by the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area, Togbe Amenya Fiti V, formally informed him of Dumor’s death at the Flagstaff House in Accra yesterday.
Mr Mahama, said it was painful that a star of Africa cast in the mould of Komla should lose his life in such an unexpected and terrible manner.
Komla the iconic broadcaster
"He had become an icon in broadcasting and his knowledge about Ghana and Africa was phenomenal. It is extremely sad that his life has been cut short at just age 41," the President said.
Recalling the day Dumor informed him that the BBC had employed him, President Mahama said, "I knew from that day that Africa was getting a gem in the field of journalism."
He disclosed that when he was returning from his recent trip abroad, he took time to pass through London to console Dumor's wife,
The family, he noted, was a young one and indicated that his heart went out to them in such a difficult period.
Briefing the President on preparations being made toward the funeral, Togbe Fiti said no date had been set for the return of Dumor’s remains to Ghana.
The date for the funeral was also yet to be fixed, he said, and assured the President that the family would keep him informed when preparations were complete.
Togbe Fiti said Dumor's death was a huge blow to the Aflao Traditional Area where the deceased had been installed the Youth Commander, a traditional position that carried so much weight.
An uncle of the deceased, Ambassador Victor Gbeho, stated that the family was consoled by the "strong heart" of the deceased's father, Professor Ernest Dumor, who, in these trying moments, had shown resilience.
He commended the President for the show of support to the family.
Other members of the delegation were Dumor's sister, Mrs Mawuena Trebah; Prof Dumor and some chiefs from the Aflao Traditional Area.
Source: Daily Graphic