Mpontu Ma Oguaaman Youth Development Association (MOYDA), a group which has been pushing for the operationalization of the defunct Presidential Library in Cape Coast is threatening to disrupt the upcoming anniversary celebration of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
This move, they claim, has become an option since petitions sent to individuals and bodies who matter in ensuring the facility is put to use have so far yielded no positive response.
In a press statement, the association said the committee which saw to the construction of the John Evans Atta Mills Presidential Library must ensure the facility is put to use immediately.
It said, “The committee should engage all its stakeholders and pull the necessary strings to put the Library to use”.
MOYDA in recent times has expressed misgivings about the Presidential library lying fallow after its inauguration two years ago by former President, John Dramini Mahama.
At a press conference in Cape Coast on Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of the association, Richard Bekoe told ATL FM News, “We will disrupt the celebration of the 6th anniversary of President Mills’ demise if the library is left closed”.
Mr. Bekoe explained that the ultimate desire of the association is the immediate use of the facility due to the benefit residents of Cape Coast and Ghanaians at large stand to gain.
Inaugurated on July 24, 2016 to coincide with the anniversary of the death of President Mills, the library has remained closed with many citing a lack of political will by the current government to operationalize it.
The University of Cape Coast (UCC), which has administrative responsibility over the library, has not been able to bring it to life. The contractor who worked on the project has also locked up the place and taken the keys away due to non-payment for works done so far, denying the university access to the two-storey building.
The library has a 100-capacity auditorium, 45-seater multi-media centre, seminar rooms and a museum that holds historical materials that reflect the life and works of the late President.
The edifice also has a virtual sound room that echoes the voice of Prof. Mills in his memorable speeches and images that bring to life his sojourn as a celebrated academic, keen sportsman, humble politician, devout Christian, servant leader, President and peace-loving Ghanaian.
Although not a typical book library, the facility will preserve and make available the papers, records, collections and historical materials of President Mills and other prominent African intellectuals and political leaders.
ABA AIKINS/ATL FM NEWS