By Kingsley Dogbey
Authorities and students of Akatsi College of Education (AKATSICO), were on Saturday, August 3, 2013 hit by the tragic death of 26 year old Prosper Nugbemado, a final year student, who had just finished writing his last papers.
The commercial vehicle of Vice-Principal of the college Mr. C. K Amekor, was said to have collided with the deceased killing him instantly.
Information gathered by The herald indicates that Prosper was on his way to Alakple for the burial of one Blewu, the father of a colleague student, Gifty Blewu, who doubles as Reverend Sister for AKATSICO.
Sources say whiles the students attending the funeral, including Mr. Agbadza (Head of Technical Department), went with the school bus, Prosper chose to go on his motor-bike.
The information further explained that Prosper had promised to join his colleagues, who went through the new Accra-Aflao by-pass from Monome junction to Torve, promising he would meet them at
Torve, so that they can move in a convoy.
After setting off on the new road, no sooner had he reached a fitting/welding workshop near the Akatsi South District Assembly, than he crushed into the said vehicle which was about crossing the road from the workshop. Having heard the unfortunate news; Prosper’s colleagues described his death as a “big blow”.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Principal, Mr. Amekor who was at a conference in Koforidua at the time, in a phone interview with The Herald, debunked accusation that his vehicle killed Prosper saying, “I don’t have a vehicle; I was even not around; I even went with the school bus to that funeral; so that information is not correct; my car is not involved”.
However, sources close to him (Mr. Amekor) revealed that though it is true that he did not attend the funeral, but insist that the accident vehicle actually belongs to him, only that it has the sticker of a popular building contracting firm “WEST FALIA” pasted on it.
Preliminary checks at the Akatsi South District Police Station, has uncovered that the accident vehicle was released after it was examined by a Testing Officer from the Aflao-Denu Police Command.
The mortal remains of Prosper Nugbemado, has since been deposited at the St. Paul’s morgue, Akatsi.
In a related development, the Senior Housemaster of the college, Mr. Nyadzie, had his bungalow AK 3-A-145 razed by fire on Friday, August 9, 2013 between the hours of 8-9am.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but it is suspected that it might have been triggered by an electrical fault. All efforts by the Akatsi South District Fire Service, led by District Commander Torgbui Pasaku IV, to ascertain the cause of the fire has proved futile as all the personal effect of Mr. Nyadzie got burnt.
In an interview with the Akatsi South District NADMO coordinator, Mr. Sammy Wuadi, he said, he would channel information on the disaster through the Regional Office, Ho, to the National Headquarters, Accra, for the necessary action to be taken.
This is the second fire outbreak within two years as the offices of the Vice Principal of the college, Mr. Amekor, was gutted by fire Saturday, August 27, 2011 at about 1:30pm, destroying many items including Printers, Computers, Certificates, books and Cumulative records.