Dr. Kwabena Duffour, one of the candidates running in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primary on May 13, 2023, has expressed disappointment in abandoning the Presidential Library built in memory of the late Atta Mills.
The former finance minister stated that it was unfortunate that a library built to honour the late Mills did not serve its intended purpose.
”I am not pleased to see the library closed. The library should be available to our children so they can study there. We must pay off all outstanding debts associated with the library before it can be used. To honour the late Mills, we must open the library.”
”The library is not finished,” Dr. Duffour insisted. We have to finish it. The library should be open. However, it has not been opened in nearly 7 years. If the library remains in this state, it is concerning”.
Meanwhile, Yaw Boateng Gyan, a member of Dr. Duffour’s campaign team, has asked whoever holds library resources to release them so that the contractor can be paid.
He claims to have gathered information that someone is keeping money intended for the library project.
The library was inaugurated in July 2016 under the Mahama government but it is still under lock and key.
The inauguration coincided with the fourth anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills.
The project has a 100-seater auditorium, a 45-seater multimedia centre, seminar rooms, and a museum among other facilities.
It 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.
The library was privately funded by the telcos and was expected to be managed by the University of Cape Coast with support from the government.