Adwoa Safo: Atta-Mills Was A Great Man

…Don’t Taint His Service With Political Innuendos

Deputy majority leader of Parliament and member for Dome-Kwabenya, Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo, has stated that Professor John Evans Atta-Mills was a great man who served his nation and should be remembered for that.

The memory of the late President, she said, should not be tainted with political innuendos because the former law professor served his nation well and deserved to be giving glowing tribute.

The deputy majority was contributing to a statement to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the demise of the late president, which stood in the name of MP for North Tongu, the Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

Professor Atta-Mills, she said, would be remembered for the humble way he speaks and the sober way he makes his point and prefixing his statements with ‘Menua nom’.

“This is what I remember him for and for I which I know many Ghanaians would remember him.”

“We have to acknowledge this day and recognize that when people have served their nation they deserve to be commended,” she stated.

She argued that if Ghanaians  must learn something particular from the noble professor, it should be his humility and selflessness service to his nation.

She observed that the kind of rapport ex-President Atta-Mills built with his political opponents is with worth emulating.

She said, “That is the kind of rapport that politicians should have.”

“We should not have a situation where we know people and yet because of politics act in a certain way that is detrimental to the same people we have called our friends, families and mentors.”

She recommended the construction of a museum for the former president and others to follow to serve not only as a tourism center but also as a place young Ghanaians could go to educate themselves from the artefacts and pictures of the good things he did as was done in the United States for J.F. Kennedy.

“We will remember this great man today and would forever remember him  as a loving former president of this country,” she stated.

In his tribute, Hon. Ablakwa noted that the governance record of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills is unprecedented and that dturing his three and half year tenure, Ghana’s economy grew by an unprecedented 14.4% in 2011. Cocoa Production, he said, hit an unprecedented one million metric tonnes while inflation remained at an unprecedented single digit for the longest period ever under the fourth republic.

“He extended national electricity coverage from 54% to 72% touching the lives of Ghanaians in 1,700 communities,” he stated.

President Atta-Mills’ positive impact on entrenching Ghana’s democracy by submitting himself periodically to unfettered questions from journalists and also commissioning a review of the 1992 Constitution is worth noting.

According to him, on the international stage, Prof Atta-Mills made all Africans proud and the international community couldn’t resist his rare personal democratic credentials and his extraordinary tact and courage on vexed issues in international politics.

“Prof.’s famous retort to UK Prime Minister David Cameron on gay rights remains a global reference point and an inspiration to many contemporary African leaders to this day.”

“His stature in global diplomacy was to be seen by his ability to rally his peers in ECOWAS and the African Union to pursue common objectives including convincing them to support Ghanaian candidates for various international assignments.”

A more permanent evidence of his humble Pan-Africanist’s clout amongst his peers, he said, is a well-deserved giant golden statue of his mentor and idol Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, which now stands at the forecourt of the new African Union Building in Addis Ababa bearing the inscription “Donated by the Government of Ghana and unveiled by H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union, H.E. John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana and H.E. Dr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Addis Ababa, January 28, 2012.

The late President, he indicated, may go down in history as the most vilified President both from within and without his own political party and yet he was the one to smile to all, to embrace all, to love all and to bear grudge towards none.

“He was a true father for all who imbibed in us a true sense of patriotism. We remember him for his incredible punctuality and sense of urgency. We will forever miss his values; his candour; his compassion, and great sense of humour,” he stated

By Osumanu Al-Hassan/

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