Thousands of people converged at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra where the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council marked the one week celebration of the demise of the late President, John Evans Atta Mills.
People from all walks of life, dressed in mourning attire, walked or boarded vehicles to the Park, which was a sea of red and black.
There was drumming, singing, dancing, tooting of horns and blowing of whistles at the Park. By 1100 hours hundreds of mourners were already seated waiting for the official commencement of the ceremony.
A large number of them were claded in paraphernalia of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), posters of the late President Mills had been displayed on vehicles and on structures at the Park.
Drivers displayed red banners on their vehicles and tooted their horns as they drove in town, and some vehicles with public address systems played dirges as they drove around. Many people carried portraits of the late President, food vendors set up joints around the Park, photographers took pictures of mourners, while vendors made brisk business, selling pieces of red and black materials as well as NDC paraphernalia.
Public buildings around the Ministries were draped in black and red colours. The Government delegation to the celebration was led by NiiAfoteyAgbo, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Alfred OkoVanderpuije, Accra Mayor and other Municipal, District Chief Executives in the Region and the National Chief Imam, Dr Shiekh Nuhu Sharabutu.
Some residents, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said they felt a great sense of loss when they heard the demise of the President and had since then decided to mourn until he is laid to rest on August 10, 2012.