Kufuor, others receive Jake's mortal remains at Kotoka airport
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor and some NPP executives at the Kotoka Int'l airport last night
Stalwarts of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) were at the Kotoka International Airport on Tuesday evening to receive the remains of the late chairman of the party Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.
Notable among the personalities were former President John Kufuor under whose administration Obetsebi-Lamptey served as chief of staff and a minister of state, and a former Minister of State Hackman Owusu Agyemang.
Others were family members and acquaintances and party executives who were at the airport to welcome the remains which arrived from the United Kingdom on board British Airways Flight Number 081.
Prayers were said for the body before it was taken away to a morgue.
Obetsebi-Lamptey will be laid to rest on Friday, April 22, 2016. He passed away on Sunday, March 20, in London following a protracted ailment.
Prayers were said for the body before it was taken away to a morgue
The late Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, will be laid to rest on Friday, April 22, 2016. This was disclosed by Nii Lante Otanka II, Acting Lante Djan We Mantse.
“The first part of the funeral will be a pre-burial service on April 21, 2016, at the Accra Ridge Church, from 6pm to 10pm. This will be a Celebration of his Life, and in accordance with his wishes, the attire will be ‘Joyful Colours’” he said.
He continued “The second part will be a burial, Funeral and Thanksgiving Service on April 22, 2016, at the forecourt of the State House, and again, in accordance with his wishes, the attire will be white.”
The body of the late NPP Chairman, he added, will be laid to rest at a private funeral ceremony.
These arrangements were made known by Nii Lante Otanka II, together with members of the family of the late Chairman, including his brothers, Afadi and Nii Lantey, when they called on the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at his Nima residence on Monday, April 4, 2016, to inform him of the final funeral arrangements.
He served as the first Chief of Staff in the Former President’s administration and variously as Minister of Information and Presidential Affairs, and Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital City, from 2005 to July 2007.
He was the National Campaign Manager of the victorious New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2000 Presidential elections, which saw the first constitutional (civilian-to-civilian) transition of power.
He resigned his posts in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections.
As at February 2010, he was the National Chairman of the NPP.
Obetsebi-Lamptey has several publications to his credit, covering topics from family planning to AIDS prevention in Africa.