Mr Kwabena Spio-Garbrah, Spokesperson for the Cape Coast Youth Development Association (CCYDA), is demanding accountability from Mr Totobi Quakye, the Chairman of the Committee that supervised the construction of the Atta Mills Presidential Library.
Mr Garbrah made the demand when scores of irate youth from Cape Coast on Tuesday morning besieged the premises of Atta Mills Presidential library in Cape Coast, calling for the re-opening of the facility for use.
They mentioned other members of the Committee to include Mr Kwame Peprah, Dr Omane Boama, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Professor Mensah Ahwoi, Mr Ato Ahwoi, Mr Koku Anyidoho and Commodor (RTD) Steve Obimpeh.
The rest are Dr E. G. Don Arthur, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, Prof Dora Edu-Buandoh, Mr Sylvanus Tamakloe, Mr Ben Nunoo-Mensah, Mr Nathaniel Lomo Maainoo and Mr Frederick Kofi Rockson.
They displayed inscription some of which read “Open the library now, Prof J.E.A Mills served with distinction and dedication so why this?, Did Prof Mills labour in vain?, NDC must protect Mills legacies ” among others.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Spio-Garbrah described the closure of the facility as “blatant disregard” for the former President’s legacies and a ploy to denigrate his reputation.
He said “we will not allow the legacies of former President Mills to ruin. We will fight to ensure that his integrity is maintained.”
Citing the neglect of the Atta Mills Library, he called on the Committee Members to release the outstanding funds to the contractor to enable him open the facility to serve its intended purpose.
The contractor after commissioning had refused to hand the keys over to the authorities because monies due him were to be paid.
Mr Spio-Garbrah also expressed his disgust at the current state of the Asomdwee Park saying “it is no longer a secured place, as the security of visitors and the facility is no longer held firmly together”.
He said “we are well informed that the former President’s tomb is nothing to write home about as some parts of the fencing protecting it has broken down. Therefore, we are calling on authorities to repair the place before Tuesday, July 24, 2018, his sixth anniversary”.
Mr Spio-Garbrah said the park which serves as a tourist attraction site should be maintained.
The Asomdwee (Peace) Park, formerly known as the Geese Park, was transformed in 2012 to serve as the final resting place for the late President, who passed away on July 24, 2012. GNA