5 things Ghana can do as a country to honor Kofi Annan

5 things Ghana can do as a country to honor Kofi Annan

YEN.com.gh earlier reported on the death of former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan who passed away in his sleep in Switzerland aged 80.

The news of his death was followed by storms of messages of condolence coming from all corners of the world, with many Ghanaians taking to social media to mourn the great loss.

On September 10, the mortal remains of the former UN Boss was flown to Ghana and was received by President Akufo-Addo and other top government officials.

The body of the Ghanaian diplomat was then laid in state for public viewing at the Accra International Conference Center.

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During the public viewing, however, many Ghanaians complained about the closed casket they were made to file past instead of the normal practice of opening up the casket for people to see the face of the dead.

The government, however, came out to explain why the casket was closed and urged the public to understand that it was in modesty that the casket was closed.

The funeral proper which took place on September 13, saw many international figures and top officials in the country throng the Conference Center to bid late Kofi Annan a final goodbye.

Judging by how high Kofi Annan raised the flag of Ghana by serving in the high office of Secretary General, some Ghanaians have pushed for him to be immortalised by naming some state facilities after him.

One of such measures to immortalise the late diplomatic icon is that a new breed of sweet potato will be named after him.

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YEN.com.gh brings you five things that government can do in order to give late Kofi Annan a lasting memory.

1. His image can be put on Ghana’s currency

Ghanaians would have a lasting impression of the late former UN Secretary General if he is made part of our daily lives and has his image embossed on a note of our currency. Ghana’s currency has images of great men who have served the country and it would not hurt to honor Kofi Annan the same way.

2. Name him after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building

Judging by the fact that late Kofi Annan’s role was chiefly outside Ghana, it would be expedient for him to be named after the building that sees more foreign interaction in Ghana than any other – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In so doing, both foreigners and Ghanaians alike would have his name etched in their minds and hearts forever.

3. Name the late former UN chief after the new terminal at Kotoka International Airport

The airport is one place that sees a lot of traffic be it from citizens and foreigners. In order to create a lasting memory of the late former UN chief, the new Terminal Three, which was started by former President Mahama, can be named after late Kofi Annan.

4. A monument must be put up in his honour

As was done for Kwame Nkrumah and some other great men who served the country, a statue of late Kofi Annaan can be put up in his honor. The statue can be put up at a place that sees a lot of activity so that people would see him and always remember how well he served his country and the world.

5. Major streets must be named after him

Even though some streets are named Kofi Annan inAccra, it would be expedient to replicate it in other regions so that most major streets across the country would have the name of the late former UN chief to honor his memory.

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