Kofi Annan's remains arrive in Ghana today

By Clement Edward Kumsah
Kofi Annan

The remains of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will arrive in Accra, Ghana today, Monday, 10 September 2018, for a state burial.

The body will be accompanied by his widow Nane Maria Annan, his children and some executives of the United Nations. President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Ghana armed forces will receive the body on behalf of the people of Ghana.

The general public will on Tuesday, 11 September have the opportunity between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to file past the body to pay their last respect to the statesman.

On Wednesday, 12 September, dignitaries including recognised groups, chiefs, Members of Parliament and Ministers of State will have their turn to pay their last respect to the former UN boss.

A burial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at the Accra International Conference Centre followed by a private burial at the new military cemetery with full military honours and a 17-gun salute.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has constituted a nine-member committee to see to the organisation of a State Funeral for the former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr Kofi Annan.

The committee, chaired by Ambassador Annan A. Cato, a Diplomat and a former Secretary to the Cabinet, included Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources; Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister-designate for Information; Ambassador Mercy Debrah Karikari, Secretary to the Cabinet; Ambassador Ahmed Hassan, Director of State Protocol; Mr 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 and Mr Kojo Annan, son of the late Mr Kofi Annan.

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