January 23, 2016

Parliament has joined millions of Ghanaians to commiserate with the family of the late Jake Obestsebi Lamptey, describing the late national Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a stalwart who blazed the path set by his father and the forefathers of the country.

A statement signed and released in Accra by the Acting Director of Public Affairs, Parliament of Ghana, Kate Addo, said the legislature received with shock the passing away of the former Minister for Tourism & Modernization of the Capital, noting that Jake had very close relations with the House of Representatives.

“As the Constitution allowed him, he attended upon the house and participated in many debates of the House. He also came to the floor of the House on numerous occasions to answer questions concerning the various ministries he headed as minister. What we remember most about Jake was his ready smile and many jokes. His anecdotes were always witty and left one with a smile long after he was gone”.

Jake, according to Parliament, always argued his point firmly but with such decorous language that one could not help admiring him.

It said when political tensions go up; the former Tourism Minister always had ways of explaining to everyone that there was no need to antagonize each other because Ghana was a country with one people and a common destiny.

“We do not see party colors at this time; we see one of our own, a fallen hero. We call out his name but we do not get the usual boisterous response we have come to expect and love so much from him. We do not have any choice but say, adieu, good countryman. Jake blazed the path set by his father and our forefathers; he gave meaning to the words in our national pledge”.