Government says it cannot release funds to support the John Evans Atta Mills Presidential Library in Cape Coast because the memorial and research facility is a private initiative.
The two-storey building, situated opposite the Cape Coast Castle in the Central Region, has been under lock and key few months after it was inaugurated and handed over to the University of Cape Coast because there is no budget to fund the facility.
The Central Regional Minister, Kwabena Duncan, told the Daily Graphic newspaper that “this facility is purely a private enterprise to immortalize President Mills, so government cannot commit funds to running it.”
He said because the project was a private initiative such as Presidents Kufuor and Rawlings’ foundations, no government funds could be released to fund the library.
“Besides, when I was taking over as Minister, nothing on President Mills’ Library was included in my hand over notes, so we can’t fund,” he said.
The Library was inaugurated by former President John Mahama on July 24, 2016, to coincide with the anniversary of the death of President Mills.
The facility has a 100-capacity auditorium, 45-seater multi-media centre, seminar rooks and a museum that holds historical materials that reflect the life and works of the late President.
Source: Daily Graphic