Tributes have been pouring in for the late Volta Regional Minister and MP for Buem constituency, Hon. Henry Ford Kamel who died on Tuesday 25th of December. His death came as shock to many especially staff of the Regional Coordinating Council. The atmosphere at the premises of the RCC on Thursday, the first working day after the Christmas break was that of sorrow, as people from all walks of life trooped in to pay their last respect and sign the book of condolence in honour of a man many describe as ‘gentle and calm’.
Right Rev. Francis Amenu, moderator of the E.P church in his tribute describe the late minister as a ‘gifted and humble steward’ given to the region and his death was a ‘great and terrible loss’.
A colleague of the late Ford Kamel and minister for Roads and Highways and MP for North Tongu, Hon. Joe Gidisu stated that the death of Hon. Ford Kamel ‘once again confirms the vanity of this life’ describing life as nothing but ‘an empty dream’.
Meanwhile, The Paramount chief of the Gbi Traditional Area, Togbega Gabusu VI who expressed shock at the death of the Regional Minister, describe Mr. Kamel as a ‘unifier and a selfless’ person who played a key role in bringing peace to the Gbi Traditional Area during the crisis between the indigenes of Hohoe and the Zongo community in June this year.
The regional Coordinating council in a statement signed by the Deputy minister Henry Ametepe, have put on hold all it official engagements in honour of the late minister.
The Minister collapsed on Tuesday afternoon at his home town of Guaman in the Volta Region whilst engaged in a conversation with his guests. He however died few hours later at the Jasikan Government Hospital where he was rushed for treatment.
Prior to his appointment as the Volta regional minister in March, Mr Ford Kamel was the deputy Minister for Lands and Natural resources during the Mills administration.
He was survived by a wife and three children. He was an economist and banker by profession.