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Wives of GAF and Police High Command console Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills
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30 July, 2012.   A representation of wives of personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces and Police Service have expressed their condolence to the Former First Lady, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills,  and the family of the Late President John Evans Atta Mills, at the demise of the Former President and Commander-in-Chief.

The delegation, led by Mrs Edna Blay, wife of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), this morning called on the Former First Lady at her residence at the Regimanuel Gray Estate at Spintex to console her.

Mrs Blay said they were there to mourn with and express their condolence to the First Lady and also to wish her and the bereaved family the Lord’s guidance and strength through this sad moment.

 
Biography of Prof John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills
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Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills, was born on 21 July 1944, at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana and hailed from Ekumfi Otuam in the Mfantsiman East Constituency of the Central Region. He launched a lifelong interest in acquiring knowledge at Achimota Secondary School, where he obtained his General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level in 1963. To further his education, he attended the University of Ghana, Legon, where he received a bachelor's degree and professional certificate in Law (1967).

While earning a PhD in Law from the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, John Evans Atta Mills, was selected as a Fulbright scholar at the equally prestigious Stanford Law School in the United States of America. At age 27, he was awarded his PhD after successfully defending his doctoral thesis in the area of taxation and economic development.

Prof Mills' first formal teaching assignment was as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, Legon where he spent close to 25 years imparting knowledge (as well as other institutions of higher learning) rising from lecturer to senior lecturer then to associate professor. His contribution to intellectual development is remarkable having served on numerous boards and committees.

During the almost 30 years of teaching and researching, Prof Mills served as a visiting lecturer and professor at a number of educational institutions worldwide and presented research papers at symposiums and conferences throughout the world.

He traveled as visiting professor to the Temple Law School (Philadelphia, USA), with two stints from 1978 to 1979, and 1986 to 1987, and also as a visiting professor at Leiden University (Holland) from 1985 to 1986. During this period, he authored several publications relating to taxation during the 1970s & 1980s.

His expertise goes well beyond the classroom, and is evidenced by the various examiner positions he held with finance related institutions throughout Ghana (i.e. Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Bankers, Ghana Tax Review Commission). As an advocate for recreation and an active sportsman and sports fan, Professor Mills has supported the academic community and the nation at large through his contribution to the Ghana Hockey Association, National Sports Council of Ghana, and Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club.

The Law Professor loves sports and he is a keen hockey player and once played for the national team and is still member of the Veterans Hockey Team He equally keeps his body in shape by swimming, spending close to two hours every day when he has time.

Outside of his academic pursuits, Professor Mills was the Acting Commissioner of Ghana's Internal Revenue Service from 1986 to 1993, and the substantive Commissioner from 1993 to 1996. By 1992, he had become an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Ghana.

In the 1996 Presidential Election, Jerry John Rawlings selected Mills as his Vice-President in his bid for re-election to a second term as Ghana’s president. Rawlings was re-elected to his second term in office, and Mills became Vice-President of Ghana between 1996 to 2000.

In December 2002, John Evans Atta Mills was elected by his party to be its flag bearer and led them into the 2004 elections. John Evans Atta Mills was re-elected in December 2006 to once again have the mandate to lead his party into the 2008 general elections. 

                                                                                           
On January 3rd 2009, Professor Mills was declared President-Elect in the 2008 elections and was sworn in on January 7th, 2009 as the Third President of the Republic of Ghana.

He was until his death the presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress for the 2012 presidential election.

He was married to Ernestina Naadu Mills, an educationist, and has a son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills.

 
GAF and Police High Commands sign condolence book
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 July 26, 2012.  A high powered delegation of the Armed Forces and the Police Service jointly led by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Paul Tawiah Quaye, have signed the Book of Condolence, in memory of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.

The Book of Condolence was signed by the delegation on Thursday, 26 July 2012 at the Banquet Hall of the State House, in Osu, Accra.

The delegation earlier in the day called on His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama at the Castle, Osu, to console him in respect of the demise of the former President, Prof John Evans Atta Mills, and also assure the President of their loyalty to him and to the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. 

They also said they will continue to work together and in concert and unison with other security services to ensure the security of the State.

The other members of the delegation were, the Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen Joseph Narh Adinkrah, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Matthew Quashie, and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Michael Samson-Oje, who also took turns to sign the Condolence Book.

The rest of the delegation were the Chief of Staff, General Headquarters, Cdre Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohamed Alhassan, the Director General of Police Administration, COP Rose Atinga-Bio, and the Forces Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Adu-Yaw.

 
GAF sympathise’s with Family of the Late President of Ghana and C-in-C of GAF.
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25 July 2012.  The Ghana Armed Forces has extended its deepest condolence to the bereaved family of Prof John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.

A message released today and signed by the Military High Command and the Forces Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Adu-Yaw said;

“The Ghana Armed Forces is deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely demise of His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills, late President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces,who passed on, on Tuesday 24 July 2012 at the 37 Military Hospital.


“We convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and in particular Mrs Naadu Mills, wife of the late President, and do pray that the Good Lord bestows them with his mercies and strength”.

 
GAF and Police Service console former First Lady.
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26 July 2012. The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Ghana Police Service have expressed their condolences to the former First Lady, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills, and the family of Late President John Evans Atta Mills at the demise of the former President and Commander-in-Chief.

A high powered delegation of the Armed Forces and the Police Service led by both the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Paul Tawiah Quaye, this afternoon called on the former First Lady at her residence at the Regimanuel Gray Estate at Spintex to console her.

The CDS assured the former First Lady and the bereaved family of the support and assistance of GAF towards the burial of the late President. He wished her and the bereaved family the Lord’s guidance, strength and protection as they go through this sad and painful moment. 

Lt Gen Blay further assured the bereaved family that the former President would be given a befitting burial and they should be assured of the full assistance of the security services when the time was due.

On his part the IGP recounted some fond memories of the former President, whom he referred to as a teacher and father and who was always there to correct one when the one went wrong. He recalled that the former President always said to him, “do the right things at the right time”. 

The IGP therefore noted that the demise of the former President was “really a great loss to everyone.”

Present with the former First Lady were some members of the bereaved family and other sympathisers.
The delegation signed the book of condolence.

 

 
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