The people of the Volta Region in particular, and the entire nation, would never forget 25 December 2012, a day when everybody was happy to celebrate, but which turned differently, as the people had to suspend all activities aimed at merry-making following information across the region about the death of the Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel.
The death of Kamel sent the people in the region mourning, which made the Christmas celebration not a joyful one, and the death was described by many as shocking and the greatest loss the region experienced in the just-ended year.
However, the people happily celebrated the New Year, particularly Churches, which held watch night services to usher in the new year with praises and prayers to God for his protection and guidance.
At the Christian Assembly Church in Ho, the Associate Pastor, Joshua Gatror, called on Christians to remain faithful to God and worship him in truth at all times, believing that the Lord, who protected them throughout 2012, would again lead them in 2013.
Pastor Gatror stressed that the only weapon that could carry believers in Christ through the year 2013 would be God, and urged all to abide by the His word in order to ensure success in life.
According to the man of God, it was important for Ghanaians to offer greater respect to leaders in the country, with emphasis on respect for chiefs at all times.
He added that participation by all in community development activities ought to be taken more seriously in the New Year, to ensure accelerated development
The Volta Regional executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) were totally baffled about the sudden death of the Minister, and have been holding various meetings in preparation towards his burial.
Addressing one of such meetings, the Ghanaian Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr. Dan Abodakpi, described the late Regional Minister as exceptionally hardworking, firm but fair in his dealings as the governor of the region, and who had demonstrated a high level of leadership qualities that ought to be emulated by all.
Mr. Abodakpi noted that the death of Kamel was a great loss to the region and the country in general, adding that the swift manner the late Regional Minister dealt with the Hohoe conflict and that of the North Tongu District among other conflict areas in the Volta region, were some of the footprints he left behind.
He said the late Volta Regional Minister, even though served the people for a short period, had really demonstrated his commitment to working hard to ensure the accelerated development of the region.
He further revealed that on December 23 2012, a meeting was held in Ho by the party hierarchy from the region, where Mr. Kamel was an active participant, and his death on the 25th was a major blow to the party, the region and the entire nation.
He said preparations were ongoing to organise a befitting burial for the late Regional Minister.
He stated that an autopsy would be carried out before burial to know the cause of death, and announced that victory celebrations to mark the success of the ruling party in the just-ended election were all suspended in honour of the late Regional Minister.