July 24, 2013

Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Parliament today laid wreath at Late President Mills’ graveyard at the Asomdwee Park.

Hon. Adjaho laid it on behalf of Parliament along with President John Dramani Mahama, Former First Lady, Naadu Mills, Chief Justice, Mrs Joyce Bamford Addo, and among others.
President Mills died unexpectedly a year ago on July 24, 2012.

Members of Parliament paid tribute to the late President before they went on recess.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister for Education on the floor of Parliament, to mark the first anniversary of the passing of President John Evans Atta Mills, described him as a world class scholar with remarkable intellectual contributions to development, after lecturing at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana for 30 years and authored numerous publications.

Mr. Benjamin Kunbuor, Leader of government business, observed that as Ghanaians celebrate the anniversary they would be engraving the eternal memory of his loss.

He gave a word of caution about the destructive path that politics in Ghana was taking, but noted that there were honest and decent people who have served the nation with integrity and suggested that the best way to remember former leaders were to revere them as assets of Ghana.

Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Minority Leader, said former President Mills was the most vilified and that there were moments that the minority disagreed with his core policies but that forms part of the beauty of democracy.

He said all late former Presidents needs to be recognized to keep the unity of the nation.
Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, member for Old Tafo, could not keep his tears after recounting the good deeds of the late President, especially to himself and his family.

Mr Joe Ghartey, Second Deputy Speaker said all late former Presidents should be respected and libraries established in their memory.

Prof George Gyan-Baffour, member for Wenchi, described the late President as a simple, honest, unassuming and selfless man, and that, even in death he would wish that Ghanaians celebrate his anniversary in peace, as the “battle of pink sheets is over,” saying that, the late Mills died on the throne and should be immortalized, for he was a man of peace.