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General News of Sunday, 26 August 2018


Akufo-Addo sets up committee to organise Kofi Annan’s funeral

Former UN Secretary General, late Kofi Annan Former UN Secretary General, late Kofi Annan

A nine-member Committee to plan the organization of a full state burial for the late former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan has been set up by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The committee was constituted “in consultation with his widow, Mrs. Nane Maria Annan, his children and family of the late UN Secretary General”,

Members of the committee are:

Cecilia Abena Dapaah – Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, MP – Minister-designate for Information

Ambassador Mercy Debrah Karikari – Secretary to the Cabinet

Ambassador Ahmed Hassan – Director of State Protocol

Samuel Kumah – Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Brigadier General Charles Awity – Director General, Personnel Administration of the Ghana Armed Forces

Ambassador Patrick Hayford – Retired UN official

Kojo Annan – Son of the late Mr. Kofi Annan.”

Nana Mensah – Director of Protocol at the Office of the Vice President, has been assigned to act as Secretary to the Organising Committee.

A statement from the presidency said the members of the committee will “see to the organisation of a State funeral for former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan.

Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday, August 18 in Switzerland after a short illness.

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, is dead
The president, addressing the family of the late former UN Secretary General when they paid a courtesy call on him to officially announce the death, said Kofi Annan deserves a state burial.

President Akufo-Addo also proposed September 13, 2018 as the date for the final funeral rites and burial of the late international diplomat.

Akufo-Addo decrees state burial for Kofi Annan in Accra; wants it on Sept. 13