The presidential library built in memory of former Ghanaian president, John Evans Atta Mills, a research facility which was completed and inaugurated about three years ago is rotting away due to its prolonged closure.
The John Evans Atta Mills presidential library in Cape Coast, a memorial and research facility which was completed and inaugurated about three years ago, is wasting away
The development stems from the contractor who executed the project's refusal to hand over the keys for non-payment for work done.
Residents of Cape Coast say, the current happenings represent an insult to the memories and legacy of the late president and want the committee members that were tasked to put up the facility to break their silence.
They say the committee members, most of whom served and benefited from the presidency of the late president are disappointing him.
Former President John Dramani Mahama inaugurated the library on July 24, 2016, to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the death of president Mills.
On that day he had said, “This library should be the presidential library befitting the life of Prof. Mills as a renowned academic, sportsman, politician, president and peace-loving Ghanaian.”
It has a 100-capacity auditorium, a 45-seater multi-media centre, seminar rooms and a museum that holds historical materials that reflect the life and works of the late president.
The edifice also has a virtual sound room that echoes the voice of Prof. Mills in his memorable speeches and images that bring to life his sojourn as a celebrated great Ghanaian.
Although not a typical book library, the facility will preserve and make available the papers, records, collections and historical materials of president Mills and other prominent African intellectuals and political leaders.
But that may take a while to realised as the library remains closed.
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