President John Evans Atta Mills on Wednesday described the late Dr Emmanuel Young Abloh, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Investment Bank, as someone who served his nation with distinction.
Paying tribute to Dr Abloh at the Osu Castle in Accra, he urged his family to be proud of him.
“I want to let the family know that Emmanuel was a great person, and you should be proud that he served his country well,” President Mills said, when a family delegation, led by Mr Solomon Awuku Glover, Head of Family called on him, to announce his demise.
Dr Abloh 70, and a Member of the Government’s Economic Advisory Council, died in Maryland USA on November 9, 2011.
President Mills said Dr Abloh was someone who “did what he had to do”, adding, “his death is a great shock to us”.
He recalled that Dr Abloh was a school mate at the University of Ghana, Legon who showed academic distinction.
“In professional life, he was selfless, dedicated, and prepared to sacrifice, “President Mills added.
Dr Ishmael Yamson, a Member of the Council, who described Dr Abloh as a deep thinker, said he made very useful contributions to the deliberations of the body.
“He was a great member of the Council and has left a great void, “Dr Yamson said.
Mr Martey Newman, Chief of Staff at the Presidency, said he had known the late Dr Abloh for more than 40 years, and described him as a very resourceful economist at both the micro and macro levels.
The family presented customary drinks to President Mills.
A family spokesman said there would be a pre-burial service for the deceased at the Legon Trinity United Church on Friday, January 6, after which the corpse would be conveyed to his residence at the Regina Crescent of Golden Gate, Regimanuel Gray Estate, off the Spintex Road, in Accra.
On Saturday, January 7, it would be conveyed to Agbogbla Dabala through his residence at Sogakope for a private interment at the family cemetery.
He left behind a wife, four children and two grandchildren.