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Ricketts Hagan demands operationalisation of Atta Mills Presidential Library

The Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South, Kweku Ricketts Hagan is demanding the operationalisation of the Atta Mills Presidential Library in Cape Coast.

The library, inaugurated in July 2016 under the Mahama government is still under lock and key.

The inauguration coincided with the fourth anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills.

It has a 100-seater auditorium, 45-seater multimedia centre, seminar rooms, a museum among other facilities.

The edifice also has a virtual sound room that echoes the voice of Prof. Mills in his memorable speeches and images that cover his life as an academic, sports enthusiast, politician, Christian and public servant.

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Residents have made countless appeals to the government to make the Atta Mills Library functional.

At a press briefing in Cape Coast, Kweku Ricketts Hagan said the facility “must be saved”.

“Presidential libraries such as this are very important because they become archives and museums that bring together the document and art effects of a president and his administration and presents them to the public to study.”

“It can actually create jobs because you can have research assistants here. We can have volunteers who will come and we will have people who will come and run the library,” the MP said.

Mr. Ricketts Hagan disclosed that his outfit would propose a Presidential Library Bill to ask Parliament to pass into law a provision that allows future presidential edifices to be built using the Atta Mills library as a model which would be privately funded.

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The edifice was privately funded by the telcos and was expected to be managed by the University of Cape Coast with support from the government.

But after its completion some five years ago and subsequent change of government, the project has become a white elephant.

ENOCH TANDOH

Tandoh Enoch is a Social Media Manager, Website Developer and Designer, Blogger, Content Writer and an IT Consultant . He is a creator and editor at Urbannewsgh.com, an online digital platform focusing on Credible and Timely news in Ghana and worldwide.

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