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Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, a former Minister for Education and the 2020 presidential running mate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), speaking at the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Lecture in the Central Region – Cape Coast expressed her admiration for the late former President who was celebrated as a peace-loving President of Ghana. Professor Jane Naana, the first female vice Chancellor of a state University – University of Cape Coast (UCC) has touted Prof Mills’ strong moral character and regard for people and commitment to easing the hardships of all citizens including those who are against his political ambitions.
According to her, “the truthfulness and willingness to account for his stewardship without fear from anyone, whether or not law-Making agencies are involved was a quality she admired. As Patriotic citizens and people who are ready to follow his footsteps, we shall continue to celebrate him for embodying these defining characteristics of the late president Prof. Evans Fiifi Atta Mills” she said.
The professor of literature also used the occasion to condemn Police attack on Arise Ghana demonstrators saying those are characteristics of an insensitive government and a failed police institution. She slammed the Akufo Addo led government for ‘instigating abuse’ towards unarmed innocent protestors at the just ended Arise Ghana demonstration dubbed ‘KromAy3shi3’.
She condemns the police brutality against these unarmed innocent protestors especially those who fired teargas and rubber bullet at the peaceful demonstrators on the first day of the exercise.
In her view, the protesters should have been freely allowed to protest against the worsening economic hardship without being maltreated by those unprofessional police officers deployed to provide security to the protesters. According to her, it is very shameful to be witnessing these brutalities under the leadership of a president who is referred to as a human rights lawyer, because these are innocent Ghanaians who queued to exercise their franchise for you during the 2020 general election, so what is wrong if they feel disappointed and they choose to express their displeasure at the worsening economic hardship we’re all going through?
She calls on the police service to at all time work independently to maintain law and order in the country as tensions and terrorists attack on innocent civilians keeps rising these days. She also used the occasion to remind the police service of its call mandate. According to her the police service should not forget that one of their primary functions of Service are those stipulated in Section 1 of the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350). Which states among others that: “It shall be the duties of the Police Service to prevent and detect crime, to apprehend offenders and to maintain public order and safety of persons and properties”.