In Accra, an attempt has been initiated to immortalize the image and legacy of the late former President John Evans Atta Mills.
The program, known as the JEA Mills Memorial Heritage, was put together by a group of academics, friends, family members, and former government appointees who worked under Prof. Mills’ presidency to recognize his legacy as one of Ghana’s most renowned Presidents.
The event was hosted at the University of Ghana’s Cedi Conference Hall with the topic “The man John Evans Atta Mills – 10 years on.”
Former President John Mahama was in attendance, as were officials from President John Agyekum Kufuor and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Former President John Mahama, as well as officials of former President John Agyekum Kufuor and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, were in attendance.
Family members and senior members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the party on which the late Prof. Mills ran for President, were also in attendance.
While reflecting the traits that the late President possessed, the memorial legacy will also showcase his beliefs, evoking his altruistic goals, great leadership, and unwavering integrity.
According to the initiative’s organizers, this would set the tone for all people who want to be linked with the memorial legacy.
It will also encourage excellence in legal education in honor of the late President’s 25-year devotion as a law lecturer.
Board of initiatives
Mr. Alex Segbefia is the initiative’s Chairman, and members include Ms. Sherry Ayitey, Mr. Samuel Atta Mills, Mr. Emmanuel Siisi Quainoo, and Nana Oye Bampoe Addo.
Nana Kobina Nketsia V, the Omanhen of the Essikado Traditional Area, who chaired the occasion, said the former President’s exemplary life should encourage present and future politicians to embrace honesty as a part of public life.
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Mr. Kwame Pianim, Prof. Kofi Abotsi, Dr. Esther Ofei Aboagye, and Prof. Francis Dodoo were among the speakers at the occasion.
Former President Mahama praised the late law professor’s legacy, saying he believed the establishment of the Atta Mills Heritage, which was based on the late President’s ideals and ideas and aimed at motivating mankind, notably African youth, for a better society, would further emphasize his legacy.
“Prof.’s name has already been appropriately attached to a considerable number of major infrastructure projects around the country. The FPSO John Evans Atta Mills, which takes oil from the TEN fields, and the John Evans Atta Mills High Street in Accra are among them,” he stated.
Former President Mahama also had the Community Day Senior High School in Otuam named after him, which was the first of the E-Block programs to be completed.
He urged Ghanaians to respect truth and honesty, as well as Prof. Mills’ peaceful character.
“Let us remain steadfast in the face of hardship.” Yes, we must strive for harmony and truth in our actions. We must also fight for the sake of liberty. And we must zealously defend the public interest in order to safeguard our democracy,” he added.
“It’s refreshing to see how these characteristics of the University of Ghana mesh so well with President Mills’ own convictions. Peace (Asomdwehene), quality and honesty, openness and accountability, devotion to the well-being of all Ghanaians, and inclusion were all on his wish list. “I’m delighted Heritage is trying to pick on where he left off in a nonpartisan way,” he added.
“The ideals were what made President Mills a real Ghanaian, as he personified the concept of collaboratively transforming the country that Ghanaians desire for.”
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“Let his values lead us! Prof. Mills was such a moral and political colossus and there can be no limit put on the vehicles and instruments that eulogise and ingrain his memory and history in the hearts and minds of Ghanaians,” he added.
Colors of politics
Mr. Pianim believes that Ghanaian politicians should follow in the footsteps of the late Prof. Mills, who he described as a fair politician.
“He was fair to individuals on the opposing side and knew no political colors,” he added.
Mr. Pianim recalled personal experiences with the late President, saying that he recognized Prof. Mills’ outstanding personality when they met at Achimota School when they were both youths and that the attributes that identified him didn’t alter even throughout his term in public service.
When he was in public service, he claimed, the late President had a strong hatred for corruption and identified it as the nation’s blight.
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