Minister narrates how Kofi Annan's death will boost tourism in Ghana

By Clement Edward Kumsah

Minister of Tourism, Catherine Afeku has stated that the death of former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan has a potential of boosting tourism in the country.

According to Catherine Afeku, Kofi Annan's burial place will serve as a tourism site for the country.

'He was a true African. His behaviour meant he was a consummate diplomat. We have lost an illustrious son. He is an honourable person and it will remain history that we buried an illustrious son in the continent…' she said.

The tourism minister said this at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), where the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations has been laid-in-state.

'He has made his name. People will come to Ghana to look at his tomb. These are the things that will enhance and boost the transportation of our export…'

Meanwhile, Eager mourners who gathered at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) yesterday to pay their final respects to former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan were left disappointed as they met the casket covered.

Mourners wondered why organisers did not open the casket to allow those of them who never had the opportunity to see the man alive, do so before he is buried.

One of the disappointed mourners, Prof Ransford Gyampo, a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana said the draped coffin culturally and traditionally defeats the purpose of a file past.

However, Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide has explained why the mortal remains of the former UN General Secretary was covered. He said the wish was to have a modest funeral.

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