Inscribe late President Mills’ name on bust at – Minority
John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills (21 July 1944 – 24 July 2012) was a Ghanaian politician and legal scholar. He served as President of Ghana from 2009 until his death in 2012. John Evans Atta Mills defeated the governing party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election.
He was previously the Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and he contested unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He was the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office.
Atta Mills was married to Ernestina Naadu Mills an educator and had a son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills. He was a distant cousin of the prominent Gold Coast lawyer, Thomas Hutton-Mills, Jr. As a sports administrator, he contributed to the Ghana Hockey Association, National Sports Council of Ghana, Ghana Olympic Committee, and Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club.
Atta Mills was one time the chairman. He enjoyed field hockey and swimming, and once played for the national hockey team (he remained a member of the Veterans Hockey Team until his death). He was also a board member of Hearts of Oak, the former chairman of the Black Stars management team, and a Manchester United fan.
Death and Burial
Upon his death, he was buried at the Asomdwoe park in Accra the capital city. A few days ago, the incumbent president H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo unveiled a bust for the late president. The name of the late president wasn’t on the bust but instead, his name is. This caused an uproar in the parliament from the minority side.
The Minority in Parliament has expressed displeasure over the omission of the name of the late President John Evans Atta-Mills on the plaque placed beneath his bust at the Asomdwoe Park.
Commemoration of 10th Anniversary
The bust was unveiled on Sunday (July 24, 2022) by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. This was to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of the late President.
At a press conference in Parliament Monday morning, the Minority called for immediate steps to be taken to correct it.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu described the omission of the name on the bust in his memory as unfortunate.
Mr. Haruna said the name should be on the plaque on the bust. This will inform visitors to the park whose bust has been erected. Instead of the name of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the founder of the Atta-Mills Institute, Koku Anyidoho as those who unveiled the plaque.
“We are demanding from the President, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his associates such as Koku Anyidoho to do what is right and appropriate. And to remind them that the office of the former President is an institutional office. And it goes beyond the persona John Evans Atta-Mills”, he stated.
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