Former President Jerry John Rawlings has described the late former member of the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), Ebow Tawiah as a man of integrity whose lifestyle always bore the hallmarks of his humble beginnings.
Referring to the departed cadre as one of ‘the pivotal figures who helped change the destiny’ of Ghana for the better, he said Mr Tawiah was a pragmatist imbued with a sense of realism who understood the dynamics of the change initiated by the 31st December Revolution.
Flt Lt Rawlings said as a former union leader who had a good grasp of human nature, Ebow Tawiah helped draw the PNDC closer to the genuine concerns of ordinary working people.
In a tribute read on his behalf by leading member of the PNDC and NDC, Dan Abodakpi, at the funeral of Mr Tawiah on Saturday, Mr Rawlings said the history of the 31st December Revolution will not be complete without recognizing the role of Mr Tawiah.
“As a trade unionist, Ebow’s insight into the workings of organised labour proved invaluable in forging a better understanding of what we sought to achieve for Ghana.
“Ebow joined us on the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) in 1983. The Revolution had reached a critical juncture.
“Following previous years of economic stagnation, we had launched the Economic Recovery Programme (ERP) which involved a fundamental restructuring of the economy and state institutions,” Mr Rawlings said.
The Chairman of the PNDC said Ebow played his part in the transition to Constitutional rule in 1992 but as faithful as he was to his political beliefs, he chose to be part of the National Convention Party (NCP), a Nkrumahist grouping which entered an alliance with the NDC in the 1992 elections.
Meanwhile, former President Rawlings was on Friday also present at the funeral of the late Ex-Chief Warrant Officer James Cole, who was Forces Sergeant Major from 1997 to 2009.
The ceremony was held at the St. Martins Tours Catholic Church, Teshie.
Mr Rawlings under whose tenure James Cole was appointed Forces Sergeant Major, had on his passing described him as a fine officer whose sense of discipline, commitment and dedication to duty was a great loss to the Armed Forces and the country.