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ATTA AKYEA DEMANDS BEFITTING FINAL FUNERAL FOR J B DANQUAH

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The Minister for Works and Housing and MP for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, has called for befitting final funeral rites to be organised for the late Dr Joseph Kwame Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah, who died 54 years ago.

The Minister for Works and Housing and MP for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, has called for befitting final funeral rites to be organised for the late Dr Joseph Kwame Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah, who died 54 years ago.

J B Danquah died on February 4 1965 at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison in a condemned cell under the regime of Dr Kwame Nwiah Nkrumah.

Matters outstanding

Mr Atta Akyea lamented that 54 years after his death, the final funeral rites of the late J B Danquah had still not been held.

He made the demand in Parliament on Tuesday in a statement to mark the 54th anniversary of the death of J B Danquah.

The Minister recalled that the late Dr Danquah was incarcerated under the repressive Preventive Detention Act of 1958.

This law conferred unfettered powers on President Nkrumah to imprison anyone in the realm under an Executive Instrument, for however long a term, at his pleasure, and without due process.

Bold statesman

Atta Akyea described J B Danquah as a courageous politician, lawyer, journalist, legislator, historian and pioneer of Ghana’s independence whose contribution to the development of the country cannot be erased.

Contributing to the statement, the MP for Assin Central, John Ntim Fordjour, described Dr Danquah’s contribution to the promotion of education in Ghana as remarkable.