The Political Editor of the Ghanaian Times, Ian Mortey is calling for investigations into the circumstances that led to the accident that claimed the life of a reporter in his outfit, Samuel Nuamah.
He believes the situation could have been averted if due diligence was done regarding the conditions under which the journalists carried out their work at the presidency. Samuel Nuamah died with several others sustaining various degrees of injury when the vehicle on which they were travelling, was involved in an accident around Shai Hills in the Greater Accra region. Speaking on Eyewitness News, Ian Mortey who had also been a presidential correspondent, expressed his frustration at what he referred to as unsatisfactory treatment by those in charge of the presidential press corps.
The journalists were travelling in a hired commercial vehicle, when one of its tyres burst, causing the vehicle to skid off the road into a ditch. “I’m asking why that vehicle was used in the first place, because if you look at the model, it tells you that it has been in use for twenty years or more, why were journalists put in that vehicle? “These are my concerns and it should be a concern to everybody, journalists are very important for the nation but yet when it comes to critical issues, they are treated shabbily,” he stated.
The injured were rushed to the 37 Military Hospital and they are reported to be responding to treatment. They include, Pascaline Adadevor and Napoleon Ato Kittoe both from GBC; William Gentu (Peace FM) as well as Patrick Bidah of the Enquirer. Meanwhile a statement issued by the Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah stated that government will provide the needed support to treat the injured.
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