By Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA
Accra, Sept 11, GNA - Dr Kwasi Jonah, a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) has eulogised the late Kofi Annan for the great work he did in championing Africa’s peaceful and democratic development.
He said the late Kofi Annan did a wonderful work in Kenya after the 2007 crisis and in other developing countries like Myanmar, where he investigated the crisis situation and presented an “excellent report”.
“This is a man who headed a huge international organisation and even after his retirement, had been very active on his continent and in other places”, Dr Jonah said in an interview with Ghana News Agency on Tuesday after filling-pass the remains of the Late Mr Annan, which is currently lying in state at the foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre.
Dr Jonah said the contribution of Mr Annan was immeasurable, noting that “I mean the contribution of this man is difficult to measure-we have lost a really great person”.
On lessons that could be learnt from the life of the former UN head, Dr Jonah, said that all should note that “when the Ghanaian is given the opportunity, he or she is capable of excelling at what level.
He urged the up and coming young ones to take inspiration from the life of that “great man who has distinguished himself as a Ghanaian and in the process put Ghana on the global map”.
Meanwhile more Ghanaians continue to trickle into the AICC to pay their last respect to the man they have so much come to cherished and are proud of.
Mr Mensah Amable who came from Ketu North in the Volta Region said “perhaps after Nkrumah” Mr Kofi Annan has raised the name of Ghana high across than map more than any other.
The Fetehman Senior High School Students who were there to pay their respect to the man, described him as the pillar of their school, built by the UN through the instrumentality of the late Kofi Annan, saying they were very saddened at his demise.
Mr Charles Addison, a Tutor of the School, said the entire school would miss Mr Annan a lot, because of the programmes like the Scholarship fund he established for the school, wondering how it would be funded now that he was no more.
The choir of the Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church, Ghana, gave some English and Twi renditions of the “Tell me the old story of Jesus, “when I survey the wondrous cross; “when peace like a river; “Jesus Sarfo” among others.
The Police band also interspersed the scene with some classical music
Tributes have been pouring in for Mr. Annan - a global statesman, who tirelessly fought for a fairer and more peaceful world.
In 2001, he co-received the Nobel Peace Prize with the UN.