Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has criticised the bust erected in honour of late President John Evans Atta Mills at Asomdwee Park.
In his view, the bust does not look like the late former president.
Addressing the media, Ablakwa suggested that the monument instead of honouring the late head of state was rather dishonouring his memory.
He maintained that this could have been prevented if the state had collaborated with the family of John Evans Atta Mills and avoided pettiness and factionalism in the lead-up to the refurbishment of Asomdwee Park.
The legislator also raised concerns over the missing name of Atta Mills on the bust stressing that nothing showed it was meant for â€œthe good old Professor Millsâ€.
â€œIf you look at that statueâ€¦that bust, honestly, I donâ€™t know who it depicts. It doesnâ€™t look like Professor Mills. It doesnâ€™t have his name. His family is not recognized. The is nothing about that bust that shows that it was intended to immortalize and honour the memory of the good old Professor Mills. Nothing shows.
â€œThese are the things that happen when you say proceed on a factional, petty, opportunistic basis. I donâ€™t think we would have had this outcome if we all came together as Ghanaians, as one people, respecting his family and everybody was allowed to contribute.
â€œI donâ€™t think this would have been the outcome. That itself tells you the result of division, pettiness, of opportunism. Thatâ€™s what happens. I am not surprised that nowâ€¦you have heard the family say that they even want to take this whole memorial out of here. They want their brotherâ€™s body out in a private place because they have suffered enough. They canâ€™t continue to take the pettiness any longer because here is under the auspices of the state,â€ he said.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on behalf of the state commissioned the refurbished Asomdwee Park on Sunday, July 24, 2022, to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of John Evans Atta Mills.
Prior to this, the had been a public spat between Samuel Atta Mills, brother of the late President, and Koku Anyidoho over some works near the tomb of the late president.
Samuel Atta Mills contended that the permission of the family ought to have been sort before commencing works on the tomb.
The NDC subsequently held a separate event at Asomdwee Park to also observe the 10th-anniversary celebration.