How Mahama and Akufo-Addo abandoned Mills’ Library to rot

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Sitting directly opposite the former Slave castle in Cape Coast is the beautiful edifice housing thousands of books stored for educating current and future generations.

Christened the Atta Mills Presidential Library, the two storey edifice is meant to be the store house of knowledge for current and future generations who will never meet in person the only President the Central Region has produced in the 4th Republic.

The contents of the books will not only offer knowledge for making society better but also teach on the importance of living harmoniously with one another. After all, this was the mark of the man with the tagline ‘Asomdwee Hene’.

What remains a mystery is how the locks to the much touted Presidential Library which was part of the tall list of things the Ghana Government planned to do to commemorate the memory of the man who died six months to the end of his presidency in 2012 will be opened.

The continuous locking of the building has led to deterioration of several of the artefacts installed to give it the aesthetic value which will make it more appealing to thousands of visitors it would receive on a daily basis.

Metallic pillars erected on the top of the edifice have started corroding and falling off after  years of exposure to the sea.

“We have packed these metals here….they fell to the ground from the top after rusting away and that is very dangerous…,” a guard at the location who pleaded anonymity told our editor, Kwaku Nti who visited the location.

The guard continued to narrate how dangerous it was to climb up the building named after the second Vice President to former President, Jerry John Rawlings.

His sentiments were shared by the Director of the Atta Mills Institute, Koku Anyidoho, the man Mills mentored.

He however pledged in an interview with Captain Smart that he is taking upon himself as the 11th member of a 16 member committee which was constituted to plan the erection of the building that he will solicit support to pay the contractor.

However, until he finds one, the library unlike the Atta Mills High Street in Accra remains closed to traffic.


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