The fourth anniversary of the passing of President John Evans Atta Mills was observed yesterday with a wreaths laying ceremony at his tomb at the Asomdwee Park in Accra.
President John Dramani Mahama, who succeeded him, described the late President as his “comrade, friend and mentor.”
In a tweet, President Mahama paid glowing tribute to the late President for his immense contribution to the progress of Ghana, and thanked God for his life.
Professor Mills, who become the nation’s first sitting President to have died, passed away on July 24, 2012, and President Mahama, then his deputy, was sworn in to take over the mantle.
At a solemn ceremony at the Park which was attended by large number of people consisting government officials, politicians, traditional leaders and family members, a number of dignitaries, including the former President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, laid wreaths in commemoration of the anniversary.
Madam Banda is in the country as the guest speaker for the fourth Evans Atta Mills Memorial Lectures to be held today at the University of Cape Coast.
The lecture is on the theme, “Atta Mills: Servant Leader.”
Prior to the commemorative lecture, President Mahama is expected to commission the John Atta Mills Presidential Library at the Cape Coast Chapel Square in the Central Region today.
Late President Prof. Mills was a native of Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region. He was born at Tarkwa on July 21, 1944 and was educated at Achimota School and the University of Ghana, Legon. He earned a Ph.D. in Law at the age of 27 from the London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies after completing his doctoral thesis in the area of taxation and economic development.
He then had a long stint teaching at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana before becoming the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Prof Mills was Vice-President from 1997 to 2001, under the administration of President Jerry John Rawlings.
He won the 2008 presidential elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), defeating the New Patriotic Party’s candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a run-off.
President Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital on July 24, 2012.
By Edmund Mingle