Government funeral donation to Otuam family was an insult - Queen
The leading female traditional leader in the late President John Atta Mills’ hometown of Otuam has described as an “insult,” the government donation to the family towards the organization of the funeral of the late President.
According to Nana Ama Ntwi III, Obaahemaa of Ekumfi Otuam, a government and Funeral Planning Committee delegation to Ekumfi Otuam prior to the funeral presented a total of Ghc 5,000 (fifty million old cedis), 50 yards of cloth and a few cartons of drinks. The delegation included Central Region Minister Ama Benyiwa Doe.
Speaking on Accra-based radio station Okay FM, Nana Ama Ntwi said the family received Ghc2, 000 and 10 yards of cloth, while the traditional council also received Ghc1, 000 and 10 yards of cloth. The remainder was shared among the Asafo Company and the youth.
However, Nana Ama Ntwi believes the donated items did not convey enough respect, especially given the stature of the late President and the high profile funeral that was being planned.
She told listeners she was so upset that she did not delve into how the items were shared because of the acrimony it was likely to cause. Citing a personal example, she wondered how the 10 yards allocated to the Traditional Council was shared.
Government on Sunday announced that a total of GH¢663,850 was realised in monetary donations towards the funeral of the late President John Atta Mills as of Thursday, August 9, 2012.
Additionally, President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire made donations amounting to CFA 10 million to a number of chiefs from the Central Region, the bereaved family, as well as Dr Ernestina Naadu Mills, widow, and Mr Sam Atta Mills, son of the late President Mills.
58 companies and individuals made donations towards the organisation of the funeral, including Goldfields Ghana Limited, who made a pledge to construct an ICT centre at a cost of GH¢200,000 at Huni Valley Methodist Basic School, the alma mater of the late President Mills. The ICT centre, on completion, will be named after the late President Mills, according to a statement signed by James Agyenim-Boateng, Deputy Minister of Information.
The statement said the Funeral Planning Committee also received a variety of items ranging from assorted drinks and food items to souvenirs.
In a related development, Nana Ama Ntwi has called for the traditional funeral rites to be performed for the late President. While commending government for the smooth burial of the President, Nana Ama Ntwi maintained that traditionally, the funeral rites had still not been performed, despite the public thanksgiving service held at Cape Coast on Sunday.