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Atta Mills’ grave not opened, body not desecrated – CoDA assures family

The Coastal Development Authority (CoDA) has rejected allegations that the renovation of the Asomdwee Park as per a directive from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led to the tampering of the grave of late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills and the “desecration” of his body.

The allegations were made by brother, Samuel, who is also the Member of Parliament for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo Abrem Constituency, on Tuesday, July 19.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker further alleged that the move was made without the consent of the family but in complicity with Samuel Koku Anyidoho, who was the Presidential Spokesperson when Prof Atta Mills was in power.

Mr Anyidoho, who now heads the Atta Mills Institute, has since refuted the allegations.

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CoDA on Wednesday, July 20 also clarified that it liaised with relevant state authorities to embark on the renovation works.

It noted that the redesign and construction of the ICT lab, library and cafeteria, fence wall, concrete shed, restrooms for the security, entrance for VIPs, among others, have been completed.

The Authority, however, said the asphalting of the driveway to the general entrance and landscaping of the general area around the tomb are what is left.

“We wish to state that the grave was not opened and therefore no desecration of the body of the former President, H.E John Evans Atta Mills, has taken place,” a statement issued by Chief Executive Officer Jerry Ahmed Shaib said.

“We therefore assure all well-meaning Ghanaians that the project, which continues to be a top priority for CODA, is well on schedule and will be handed over to the Office of the President for official commissioning, once completed.”

Sunday, July 24 will mark 10 years since the passing of Prof Atta Mills, who was the third president of the Fourth Republic.

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