Akufo Addo pays tribute to "one of Ghana's greatest compatriots" Kofi Annan

Akufo Addo pays tribute to "one of Ghana's greatest compatriots" Kofi Annan

- Nana Addo has ordered for all national flags to be flown at half mast

- The president paid tribute to Kofi Annan describing him as one of Ghana's greatest compatriots

- Kofi Annan died at Switzerland aged 80

President of the republic, Nana Akufo-Addo, has paid tribute to the late Kofi Annan after his passing in Switzerland.

The president, describing Kofi Annan as one of Ghana's greatest compatriots, has directed that all national flags be flown at half-mast in honour of the president.

"I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20th August, 2018, for one week," the president wrote on his Facebook wall.

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Meanwhile, family of Kofi Annan has issued a statement confirming his death. The family stated that Kofi Annan "passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness. His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days."

"The family kindly requests privacy at this time of mourning. Arrangements to celebrate his remarkable life will be announced later," the statement noted.

Kofi Annan is respected across the world as the force of peace and reconciliation. Kofi Atta Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Key proposals by the late Kofi Annan during his tenure as UN secretary general included the introduction of strategic management to strengthen unity of purpose, the establishment of the position of Deputy Secretary-General, a 10-percent reduction in posts, a reduction in administrative costs, the consolidation of the UN at the country level, and reaching out to civil society and the private sector as partners.

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