Board to manage Major Mahama Trust Fund
A seven-member Board of Trustees to manage the Trust Fund set up by the government to take care of the wife and children of the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama has been inaugurated at a ceremony at the Jubilee House.
The Fund has a seed capital of GH¢550,000.00 out of which GH¢50,000.00 was a personal donation made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The late military officer was lynched by a mob at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region on May 29, last year, where he was leading an operation to check illegal mining.
The members of the Board are Mr. Dominic Nitiwul, the Minister of Defence, Dr. Evans Agbeme Dzikum, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Seth Kwame Acheampong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Mpraeso-Kwahu, Mr James Agalga, MP for Bulsa North, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, the Paramount Chief of Tumu Traditional Area, Mrs. Winifred Assibi Dy-Yakah, and Madam Dorcas Ama Frema Coker-Parker.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, inaugurating it, asked that everything was done to ensure efficient management of the fund to achieve the intended purpose.
There should be strict adherence to the guidelines establishing the Fund, he added.
The government, he said, would erect a monument (bronze statue) at the roundabout leading to the Airport Hill, near Burma Camp, in memory of the deceased officer.
That would serve as a constant reminder to all Ghanaians that, such shameful act should never be repeated in the history of the nation.
Dr. Bawumia described Major Mahama as an excellent soldier whose death brought anguish and pain, not only to the members of his family, but to the government, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the entire nation.
His meritorious service to the nation was worth emulating – his professional efficiency was exemplary, an asset to the GAF and the nation as a whole.
The Major Mahama Trust Fund was established by an Act of Parliament (Act 960) and its sources include the seed capital, monies approved by parliament, grand donations, voluntary contributions and monies accrued from investments by the Board.
Mr. Nitiwul expressed his appreciation to the President for the confidence and gave the assurance that they would not disappoint.
The late Major Mahama was commissioned into the GAF as Lieutenant on September 02, 2007.
He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major by the President, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.