Former President John Dramani Mahama has eulogised the late President John Evans Atta Mills (JEAM) for his values and commitment to his country.
He said his former boss was “magnanimous, gender-sensitive, a unifier, peaceful and God-fearing” today during the launch of the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Heritage in Accra Tuesday.
The Memorial Heritage which is a non-profit, independent, non-partisan organisation anchored in Professor Mills’ passion and commitment to inclusivity, transparency, and accountability, also seeks to inspire humanity for a better society.
Mr. Mahama was the Vice President to the late Mills from 2009 to 24th July 2012. Ten years after his passing, the memories of him as a unifier and peace-loving are still fresh in the minds of those that witnessed his governance.
“As a Pan Africanist,” Mr. Mahama noted, ” he never hid his distress over historical and contemporary exploitation, of Africa, which propelled the growth of Europe and America leaving Africans in poverty. Therefore, as President, he was determined to utilise Oil and Gas revenue for the greater benefit of Ghana and all Ghanaians, irrespective of background.”
Mr. Mahama, a former Vice President to President John Evans Atta Mills, stated in his speech that the Heritage seeks to inspire humanity for a better society, which he stressed was a virtue President Atta Mills lived and died for.
“Professor Joh Evans Atta Mills was a good man! It therefore gladdens the hearts of the many millions of people who loved him, that this decision was taken to launch the Atta Mills Heritage here on the campus of the University of Ghana,” Mahama said while delivering a speech to officially launch the Heritage for his former boss.
The event which was held at the Cedi Conference Centre at the University of Ghana was attended by dignitaries from various political parties, academics, chiefs and former appointees of the Mills government as well as some Ghanaians who admire his legacies.
The launch was chaired by Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Paramount Chief of the Essikado Traditional Area in the Western Region
Senior Economist and elder statesman, Mr. Kwame Pianim, delivered the main speech at the launch. The theme for the Launch was, ‘The man John Evans Atta Mills – 10 years on.’
The Chairman of the Governing Board of the JEAM Memorial Heritage is former Health Minister, Alex Segbefia.
Unveiling the logo of the Heritage, former President John Mahama recounted how Prof. Mills mentored him in his political career, saying he was “a man who sacrificed his very life for humanity, for academia, for his country and Jesus Christ, proper and befitting.”
“I believe the launch of the Atta Mills Heritage, which is anchored on his values and principles, and is aimed at inspiring humanity – including the youth of Africa for a better society – will further emphasise his legacy,” Mahama said.
“As a Social Democrat who believed in social justice, he laid a robust foundation for the socioeconomic advancement of Ghana. President Mills purposefully invested in Ghana’s greatest assets – the citizens, particularly the youth.”
“Seeing great potential in Ghana’s future through education, he encouraged the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through the Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme (MASTESS) for secondary and tertiary students,” Mahama added.
He also actively involved eminent scientists in his quest for science education, research and development and innovation for national development. His partners in this endeavour included Professor Emeritus Francis Nkrumah, son of the Founder and first President of Ghana; Professor Ewurama Addy, the first Ghanaian female Professor of natural science, and Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey”
Mahama further charged Ghanaians to be tolerant and peace-loving as the late Prof. Mills to harness the development the citizens envisage.