Speedy recovery Veep visits injured journalists

The situation has led to the injury of some of the reporters with about three of them battling for their lives.

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Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on Tuesday, August 25 paid a visit to members of the presidential press corps involved in an accident last Thursday.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur was out of the country on an official duty when the accident occurred.

He, however,  made his way to the 37 Military Hospital to find out the state of health of the recuperating journalists after touching down from Kigali, Rwanda.

The accident, which occurred on the Shai Hills stretch of the Afienya-Dawhenya road, left one – Samuel Nuamah of the Ghanaian Times dead.

The mini-bus in which the 20 journalists were travelling burst a tyre and somersaulted several times before landing in a swamp.

They were returning from an assignment in Ho, where President John Dramani Mahama had joined members of the EP Church Ghana for its annual convention.

President Mahama visited the injured that Thursday night.

Government has promised to take care of the medical bills of the injured journalists.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur was accompanied by Volta Region Minister Helen Adjoa Ntosoo.

Meanwhile, It has been confirmed that the GMC Savanna mini bus that crashed last week was hired to convey the journalists.

A source at the presidency told Daily Guide that he could not name the hiring company but was emphatic that it was the Flagstaff House’s Transport Department that hired the GMC Savanna mini bus with registration GB 506 – 12 at the request of the Communications Department to augment the fleet to Ho in the Volta Region.

According to the source, the Flagstaff House regularly hired buses to convey media practitioners to the President’s assignments but the crashed vehicle was let out to them for the first time.

Interestingly, the source could not tell whether the Transport Department conducted thorough checks on the road worthiness of the vehicle, particularly the tyres, which DAILY GUIDE has learnt, appeared worn out.

The source said that the bus was hired from Accra and not Ho, the Volta Regional capital, as initially reported. It crashed at Shai Hills on the Accra-Akosombo highway when it was returning to Accra.

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