Regional News of Tuesday, 15 April 2014
A founding father of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region, His Excellency, Roland Issifu Alhassan has been reported dead.
The former Ghana’s Ambassador to Germany during President Kufuor’s administration died Monday night at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra after a short illness.
The late Roland R.I Alhassan was running mate to late Professor Adu Boahene in 1992.
He was also the Chief Patron of the New Patriotic Party in the Northern Region. He was rated as the first northerner to be called to the Bar.
His remains were on Tuesday, April 15 airlifted to Tamale for onward burial in his hometown Kumbungu in the Northern Region.
A family friend, Abubakari Harunah Sadique, told Citi News hundreds of people from all walks of life flooded the late R.I Alhassan’s residence at Sagnarigu to pay their last respect.
In a related development, national Chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko described the death of His Excellency Roland Issifu Alhassan as a great loss to the NPP.
“I received this news with great shock, but I first of all want to on behalf of the party render my condolences to the bereaved family and let me say that he was a father to me.”
He remarked, “In fact, this is a great loss to the country and a great shock to the party because he was a man who played a pivotal role in holding our party together.”
According to Paul Afoko, the late R.I Alhassan endorsed his candidature as aspiring NPP national Chairman.
“On a personal note, this was the man who stood up unequivocally and said that he supported me hundred percent.”