Accra, July 31, GNA – A delegation from parliament on Tuesday visited the East Airport residence of the late President John Evans Atta Mills to share their grief with the former First Lady Mrs Naadu Mills.
The delegation from the august House, included two critics of the Mills Administration, Mr Michael Teye Nyaunu and Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
The Parliamentary delegation called on the former First Lady as the nation observed a customary one-week celebration of the President, who passed away on Tuesday, July 24 2012.
The family of the late President had indicated that it would hold a private one- week celebration in memory of the former leader of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
A picture of the late President, together with two books of condolence had been placed on the corridor of the former President’s residence, for visitors to sign it.
Also present at the residence of the former leader were, Mr Ato Ahwoi, a confidant of the late President Millls, Mr Elvis D. Ayeh, former Editor of the Daily Graphic and Mr Enoch Teye Mensah, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing and MP for Ningo Prampram.
The mourners were in red and black cloth, with the residence decorated with the same colours.
the delegation, which was led by the senior members of the house, including the Majority Leader, Mr Cletus Avoka; Minority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu, Minority leader and his Deputy, Mr Ambrose Dery, arrived at the house at about 12 noon.
After Mr Jones Kugblenu, Director of Public Affairs of Parliament had done brief introductory remarks, members of the delegation took turns to exchange greetings with some family members of the former First Lady.
Mr Kobena Wudu, a former Director of State Protocol, under former President John Agyekum Kufuor was also at the former President’s residence to console the family.
The Susan Owusu Memorial choir sang hymns and religious songs to comfort the mourners.
Meanwhile President John Dramani Mahama joined mourners at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park to observe a minute’s silence at exactly 1415 hours, to mark the exact time of the late President’s demise on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
There was another State one week celebration held in Cape Coast, addressed by members of the political divide.
The Funeral Planning Committee had directed Regional Ministers, Metropolitan and District Chief Executives to collaborate with NDC Party Executives to make arrangements for the observance of the one week of mourning.
A State funeral of the late President is scheduled to take place in Accra from Wednesday, August 8, 2012 to Friday August 10, 2012.
The funeral service and burial will take place on Friday, August 10, 2012, according to a statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Mr. J.H.M. Newman and released by the office of the President.
It said the period of national mourning and lowering of national flags had been extended until the end of the funeral.
The statement said all public buildings were expected to be draped in red and black and flags fly at half mast, to signify the national mourning.