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‘Mahama Must Save Atta Mills From Collapse’

botchway July 12, 2018

The Cape Coast Youth Development Association (CCYDA) has called on former President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to solicit support to complete the abandoned Atta Mills Presidential Library.

According to the group, the re-opening of the facility would go all out to protect and preserve the life and integrity of former President John Evans Atta Mills.  They said “it will be a scar on the conscience of the former President Mahama, and the leadership of the party, if the ultra-modern facility is left to rot.”

The state-of-the-art facility was inaugurated by former President John Dramani Mahama on Sunday, July 24, 2016, to promote academic research and generally improve education in the Metropolis. However, the magnificent library is fast deteriorating and losing its beauty and essence after years of neglect by authorities.

The deterioration had been compounded by its proximity to the sea, which was rusting the metallic objects and air conditioners. According to the group, the closure of the facility was due to the inability of the committee set up to oversee the construction of the building to pay the contractor.

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Mr Richard Bekoe, Secretary of the group, stated that the research centre befitted the life of late Prof Mills, who was a renowned academician, sportsman, politician, and peace-loving Ghanaian.
They had earlier on called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to, as a matter of urgency, ensure that the library was opened for use.

They stated that the opening of the library would create employment for the youth in the area, and, significantly reverse the falling standards of education in the Metropolis. In addition to safeguarding presidential documents and being a centre for education, it would also serve as a tourist site to rake in revenue for accelerated development.

The Association also called on the Mr Kofi Totobi Kwakye, Chairman of the committee for the construction of the Atta Mills Library, to render account on the closure of the facility and all outstanding monies owed the contractor. Above all, they threatened to demonstrate on the eve of the sixth anniversary celebration of late President Mills, if the library was not opened.

The Presidential Library, the first of its kind in the country, comes with a 100-seater capacity auditorium, 45-seater multi-media centre, seminar rooms, and a museum [a1] that holds historical materials that reflect the life and works of the late President. It also has a museum, which would be stocked with documents, records, collections and historical materials of the late President and other industrious Africans, a conference facility, offices, and a centre to host researchers.

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 academic, keen sportsman, humble politician, devout Christian, servant leader, President, and peace-loving Ghanaian.

Source: GNA

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