- The son of former President Mills has lamented the poor state of Ghana's maintenance culture
- Sam Kofi Atta Mills is advocating for his late father's graveyard to be turned into a tourism center
The son of the late Ghanaian leader, President John Evans Atta Mills, has decried the poor state of ‘Asomdwee Park’, where his father was put to final rest.
According to Sam Kofi Atta Mills, he personally engaged in a cleanup exercise to tidy the graveyard of the late president ahead of the sixth anniversary of his death.
Speaking to Ghanaweb.com in an interview, Kofi Atta Mills lamented that very little has been done to the graveyard (Asomdwee Park) of his late father after his burial.
The son of the late president who was clearly not happy about Ghana’s maintenance culture stated that if he had his own way, he would have added some museums to the ‘Asomdwee Park’ to attract tourists.
“Just like the Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum, we can do something similar here. There is a park over here with some animals, we can make the place more habitable for people to come here as tourists destination,” he stated.
“Those who feel like they have the logistics and they can help…if we are able to collectively come together and say let’s actually do this, it will help,” he added.
Sam Kofi Atta Mills noted that he will continue to do anything within his power to keep the ‘Asomdwee Park’ in good shape.
Ghana marked exactly six-years after the demise of Prof John Evans Atta Mills on July 24, 2012.
Born on 21 July 1944, at Tarkwa in the Western Region, the late President hailed from Ekumfi Otuam in the Mfantsiman East Constituency in the Central Region. At age 27, he was awarded his PhD after successfully defending his doctoral thesis in the area of taxation.
He lectured at the Faculty of Law and the Business School, both of the University of Ghana for over two decades, and author of a number of publications.
He was also a visiting professor at Temple Law School (Philadelphia, USA), Leiden University in the Netherlands and at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
He was a member of the Ghana Stock Exchange, and became Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service of Ghana, and named the National Tax Commissioner in September 1993.
The late President was also a distinguished sportsman and sports administrator, as he played hockey and was a member of Ghana’s National Hockey Team and later the Veterans Hockey Team. He was also a reputable swimmer as well.
On the political scene, the late President Mills was chosen as the running mate by Former President Jerry John Rawlings, who was seeking re-election for a second term in office.
They overwhelmingly won the 1996 election and the Professor became Vice President of Ghana from January 7, 1997, to January 6, 2001.
Between 2001 and 2008, Prof Mills became the de facto opposition leader and earned a reputation of decent politicking. He later became known as Asomdwehene, to wit, King of Peace.
On January 7, 2009, the late Prof Mills was sworn-in as Ghana’s third President of the Fourth Republic.
He was until his untimely death the presidential candidate for the NDC for the 2012 presidential election, after winning a challenged presidential primary by a remarkable 96.7 per cent.
Prof Mills is the first sitting leader in the history of the country to die in office.
He died on July 24, 2012, three days after his 68th birthday.
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