One of Ghana’s illustrious sons, Kofi Annan, has said Ghanaians must extol the late President John Evans Atta Mills, because his reign transformed the country as “a model of investment possibilities.”
The former UN Secretary-General said ex-President Mills “cemented political stability” and, while presiding over Ghana’s first production of oil, “he accelerated economic growth for the benefit of all in this fine West African country.”
Dr. Annan observed that “the sorrow will linger, but when the tears have dried, we must all give thanks for his time.”
President Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital on July 24 after a short ailment. His vice-president John Mahama was immediately sworn in as President, in accordance with the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
He said: “I am proud as a Ghanaian to see the smooth transfer of power to Vice-President John Dramani Mahama, who takes the reins until Ghana’s elections at the end of this year.”
“This orderly transition is good for Ghana and Ghanaians. And President Mills believed in Ghana and Ghanaians. Losing and winning in several elections, he believed in political process too.
“This and his personal qualities earned him respect from all around the world, as the plaudits and condolences from other world leaders show. Under his leadership, Ghana has cemented its reputation as a stable democracy,” Dr. Annan, who chairs the Africa Progress Panel, said.
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