Accra, July 31, GNA – Exactly at 1415 hours, President John Mahama led Ghanaians to observe a minutes’ silence for late President John Evans Atta Mills, who passed away on Tuesday, July 24.
At the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park thousands of mourners had converged with President Mahama, under the auspices of the Regional Coordinating Council; the event was followed by the playing of the National anthem by the Military Band.
The chanting of patriotic songs, dirges and tributes in honour of the late President also followed.
Meanwhile, Ghanaians from all walks of life observed the one week of the death of President Mills whose sudden death brought the nation to virtually a standstill, in diverse ways.
Majority of Ghanaians irrespective of their political affiliations, dressed in black and red clothing, solemnly moved in all directions, and drivers decorated their vehicles with red paraphernalia, to signify a state of mourning.
At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday morning, all the buildings were decorated in red and black colours to mark the week of the passing away of Prof Mills.
Mr. Raymond Kwabena Sallah, Internal Auditor at EPA, said: “we are in a state of mourning so work is not going on as usual. We will be moving to the Efua Sutherland Park to join several other Ghanaians to celebrate the late Prof. Atta Mills.”
Mr. Benedict Owusu , Staff Welfare Chairman at the Ministry of Energy, said a book of condolence had been opened for all staff to sign in memory of the late President.
The Ministry of Energy was also decorated in black and red paraphernalia.
Hajia Asana Yakubu, Senior Receptionist at the Ministry, recounted good memories of the late President Mills and said “may his soul rest in perfect peace.”
On the streets of Accra, individuals have also mounted musical instruments to play dirges in memory of the President.
The late President Mills was the third President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, and the first President to have died in office after serving three and-a-half years of his first term.