IIE honours Late President Mills

Late Prof John Atta Mills

The late President, John Evans Atta Mills was Tuesday honoured posthumously by the International Institute of Education (IIE) in recognition of his highly distinguished career as a Fulbright Scholar and President of Ghana, at a special ceremony held in the US.

The honour was in recognition of the late President’s exemplary leadership and support in advancing education in Ghana, his leadership that increased cooperation and understanding between Ghana and the world and his resolute support for advancing education in Ghana.

His widow, Dr Ernestina Naadu Mills, receiving the award on behalf of her late husband, said his selection as a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship in the prestigious Stanford University in 1971, was one of the major highlights of his life, both as an academician and later as a politician.

She said while her late husband was at Stanford University, he nurtured interest in public office, influenced by the examples of the academicians and politicians he came across.

During an official visit to the US last year, President Mills met with the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, Dr. Allan Goodman, where he was told that being the only African alumnus of the Institute to have climbed up to become President, the Institute was very proud of him and his leadership style which needed to be recognised.

Dr. Goodman noted that while in office, President Mills demonstrated a strong resolve to build a Better Ghana in a very politically accommodating manner which was worthy of emulation.

Dr Naadu Mills said the Fulbright scholarship would keep the memory of the late President alive and etch his good name in the annals of history.

She thanked the IIE for the honour done her late husband on behalf of the family and people of Ghana, and prayed for God’s peace to be with him.

Source: GNA

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