Asomdwee Park gets facelift …Atta Mills’ memory lives on
Government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional leaders, members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and family members, converged at the refurbished Asomdwee Park in Accra last Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of former President John Evans Atta Mills.
It was a solemn occasion which, among other things, witnessed the unveiling of a bust in memory of the third President of the Fourth Republic as the dignitaries laid wreaths on his tomb.
Most Reverend Dr. Paul Boafo, The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, speaking at the ceremony, admonished Ghanaians to uphold the good traits of the former President who earned the title ‘Asomdwee Hene’ (King of Peace) during his reign.
President Akufo–Addo, in his address, recounted events leading to the renovation of the park and expressed satisfaction at the work done, saying the park “befits the final resting place of a President of the Republic of Ghana.’’
President Atta–Mills died on July 24, 2012 while in office. President Akufo–Addo reiterating his condolences said “the man from Ekumfi Otuam will not be forgotten.”
Members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) later in the day also honoured the late President at the same venue where the virtues and the contribution of President Atta Mills to national development were extolled.
Wreaths were laid by former President John Dramani Mahama who was accompanied by his former running mate, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang. The party’s General Secretary, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, and the Chairman, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, were also present.
Other dignitaries were Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader in Parliament; Mr. Felix Ofosu Kwakye, Former Deputy Information Minister; Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, among others.
The park which was redesigned by the Coastal Development Authority has an ICT lab, a library, cafeteria, restrooms, among other facilities for the general public and VIPs.
A commemorative tree planting was also done as part of the remembrance service.
By Pamela Davordzie & Elizabeth Ackon