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07.04.2006 General News

Ayim's death shocks Ministry

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Accra, April 7, GNA - The Ministry of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital City (MTMCC) was on Friday thrown into a state of shock and grief following the death of Mr Ferdinand Ayim, Special Assistant to Mr Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Sector Minister, in the early hours of the Friday.

Mr Ayim died in a motor accident when the vehicle on which he was travelling with two others was involved in an accident at Osino, near Anyinam on the Accra - Kumasi Highway. His car was said to have ran into a stationary petrol tanker.

A source at the Ministry, who confirm the story to the Ghana News Agency, said Mr Ayim left the house at dawn for Atibie, Kwahu in the Eastern Region where he was expected to meet Mr Joel Sonne, a Director at the Ministry, to prepare the grounds for this year's paragliding sports festival slated for the Kwahu Easter celebrations.

The source said most workers saw the Special Assistant on Thursday after the close of work only to hear the shocking news on radio that he had died in an accident.

The Ministry was still making contacts to get the full details of the two other occupants of the vehicles, who also perished in the accident as well as Mr Ayim's curriculum vitae at the time of filing this story.

According to the source, the Sector Minister had been devastated by the shocking news since Mr Ayim was an intelligent and hard working young man whose departure would create a big vacuum in the Ministry. It said Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey had described Ferdinand as "more than a special assistant but the loss of a strong pillar at the Ministry."

Mr Ayim was the brain behind the paragliding sports introduced into the country last year, which attracted some of the best gliders from the world.

Mr Ayim before the NPP victory in Election 2000 was the Editor of "The Statesman" newspaper for more than five years. He attended Ghana Secondary School, Koforidua.