Mills Didn’t Use Long Convoy -Minority Leader
By Patrick Biddah
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has reminded Ghanaians of the simplicity of the late former President of Ghana, Prof John Evans Atta Mills.
He said one of the attributes which the late President showed in protecting the national purse was his decision not to allow a long convoy.
This ,he said showed his simplicity and the values he stood for as a President willing to protect the public purse.
The Minority Leader’s comment comes at the time that videos have emerged of President Nana Akufo-Addo’sin a long convoy which contains 38 vehicles in his just ended tour of the three Northern regions.
With the use of such long convoy of a President who promised to protect the public purse,political observers are questioning the commitments of political office holders of what they say when seeking the mandate of the people they want to serve.
The Minority Leader who was contributing to a statement on the Floor of the House to commemorate the sixth year of the passing of Professor Atta-Mills ,also recalled his achievements whilst in office.
He said it was through the instrumentality of the former late President that the Atuabo Gas project came on stream.
The Minority Leader, who also served as a Minister in Professor Mills’ government,recalled his achievements in the educational sector which resulted in the initiation of the building of two universities in both the Volta and Brong Ahafo regions.
He therefore suggested that the University For Health and Allied Sciences in Ho in the Volta region should be named after the late President for initiating setting the setting up of these universities.
He particular called on the state to do well to keep in shape the burial place of the former President which is referred popular as the Asomdwe Park due to the peaceful nature of the late President.
The maker of the statement, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who is the Member of Parliament for North Tongu and also served as a deputy Minister under the late President, also recalled the achievements of the late President .
“Mr Speaker ,indeed the governance record of Prof.John Evans Atta Mills is unprecedented as he himself once famously remarked. During his relatively short 3 and half year tenure: Ghana’s economy grew by an unprecedented 14.4% in 2011.Cocoa production hit an unprecedented 1 million metric tonnes, inflation remained at an unprecedented single digit for the longest period ever under the fourth republic and he extended national electricity coverage from 54% to 72%- touching the lives of Ghanaians in 1,700 communities”, he noted.
The Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, Madam Sarah AdwoaSafo, on her part was of the view that a museums should be built in the name of all former Presidents.
This, she explained is for the purposes of knowing their tenure and work done while in office, likening it to the museums that have been built for former Presidents of America.