As the late Prof John Evans Atta Mills Presidential library continuous to waste away, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast South, Mr. Kwaku Ricketts Hagan has vowed to champion and propose a presidential libraries bills in parliament.
“We will like to propose a presidential libraries bill to Parliament using Atta Mills library as a model to pass into law an act that will establish a system to encourage past Presidents and their families and friends to build a presidential library which will be privately funded” he stated.
Mr. Ricketts Hagan strongly believed the law would encourage future presidents and their families to build presidential library in their hometowns.
“We believe that if this is done, we will be able to promote research in the hometowns and the region of the past presidents as well as promote tourism” he added.
This came to light when the MP and his party executives as well some members within the party stormed the Atta Mills presidential library in Cape Coast to embark on clean-up exercise to beautify the place.
Mr. Ricketts Hagan stated that an Ex-president or current president is an asset to the whole republic and must be treated as such, hence the abandoned Atta Mills presidential library must be operational.
He disclosed that Atta Mills presidential library project was fully funded by the Telecommunications (Telcos) and has been shut down due to lack of funds to run it.
“My office has now engaged the contractor and we have been having discussion with the contractor to investigate and reconcile any variation that might occur during the contribution of the Atta Mills presidential library” Mr. Ricketts Hagan stated.
“The library was not built by then opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) government led by John Dramani Mahama but only facilitated it when the Telcos came to him(Mahama) that they want to build the library in Cape Coast in honor of late Prof Mills…Mahama gave them the go ahead”, he recounted
In view of this, he said Ex-president Mahama inaugurated Atta Mills presidential library on July 24th, 2016 to coincide with the anniversary of the death of Mills.
Atta Mills presidential library has a 100-capacity auditorium, 45-seater multi media center, seminar rooms and a museum that holds historical materials that reflect the life and works of the late President.