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04.11.2008 Education

Legon Remembers Departed Colleagues

By Kwadwo B. Donkor -

The University of Ghana, Legon, on Sunday held a memorial service for members of the community who passed away during the year.

The memorial service which was instituted in 2006, is also used to raise funds for the university's Scholarship Aid scheme to support brilliant but needy students.

A total of 48 people including alumni and former staff of the university, were remembered at the inter-faith service.

The guest preacher, the Most Rev. Charles Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, advised bereaved families not to agonise at the loss of their relatives.

Rather, he asked them to be happy that the departed have been relieved of their burdens and are resting in the Lord adding that the living must be inspired by the good deeds of the departed “such that when we also die we will be remembered for our good deeds.”

“Do well to be followed by your deeds to eternity,” he said, and called on them to “examine your life so that when you die posterity will remember you.”

As believers of Christ, he urged the bereaved families to have faith in the Lord and have the conviction that they will be with their loved ones in the hereafter.

There was also a Muslim prayer said by the Imam of the Legon Central Mosque, Baba Abubakari.  

In his welcome address, the chairman of the University Chaplaincy Board, Rev. Prof. Elom Dovlo, said the university had set aside the first Sunday of November to remember its departed members.

 He said it grew out of the service held in memory of the late chancellor, Nana Oyeeman Wereko Apem II, in March 2006.

In attendance were the chairman of the university council, Anthony Oteng-Gyasi, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Clifford N.B. Tagoe and the Pro-Vice chancellor, Prof. Kwesi Yankah.

In all, the university community lost 48 members of staff including students and alumni during the year.