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Born on 21st July 1944, was a Ghanaian legal scholar and an outstanding politician who mentored many including former President John Dramani Mahama.
He established the Media Development Fund to promote media excellence and freedom in the spirit of 1992 constitution. He made the office of the vice president much appealing for many before he eventually mount the stage to the presidency between 2009 -2012. Many leaders over the world praised him for making Ghana a “good news story” that had good democratic credentials.
Under his watch, his government introduced a programme to provide free school uniforms to deprived communities while providing over 100,000 laptops or notebooks to school children to facilitate the learning process in a highly technological world. An initiative to provide free exercise books started under him. More than 23 million books were distributed. His government also expanded the school feeding programme to include 230 more schools. His Government paid the full tuition fees for all teachers pursuing further studies through distance learning. A sustained program involving the Ministry of Education, the GETFUND, and resources allocated by the various District Assemblies have begun to ensure the elimination of schools under trees and provide all schools in the country with decent classroom infrastructure. Out of the 4,320 schools under trees, almost 1,700 schools under trees were eliminated across the country when he was President.
His administration also started a program to re-equip science resource centres in all districts of the country to enhance the teaching and learning of science. Two new specialized public universities were established during his tenure: the University of Health and Allied Sciences in the Volta Region and the University Of Energy And Natural Resources in the Brong-Ahafo Region in just less than 4yrs. As president, He established a working relationship between the Masters in Development Practice program (MDP) at the University of Winnipeg, Canada and the University for Development StudiesGhana, leading to a joint initiative on the study of development practice for Indigenous and traditional societies. Many called him ‘ASOMDWE HENE’ literally meaning ‘Man of Peace’ but his real name Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills.
Today marks the birthday of a fantastic role model for all those seeking to understand how to make an impact with their life and to their country. Thank you for your service Prof. John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills of blessed memory.
Your leadership has meant so much to the Great National Democratic Congress(NDC) , Ghana and the world at large.
Thank you for having such a positive impact on your brothers and sisters of your beloved country Ghana. Happy 78th birthday and God bless you.
Don’t ever stop fighting for what you believe in Prof! Thank you for your service to our country and happy birthday!
Thank you for your hard work on our behalf. You are an inspiration to each citizen. You have proven yourself to be a leader of high ethics and morality. Thank you for your service and Rest in Power Asomdwe Hene (Prof).