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23.01.2006 General News

Dr Limann's Foundation to be set up


Accra, Jan. 23, GNA - A foundation is to be established soon in memory of Dr Hilla Limann, Ghana's Third Republican President, a statement signed by the family said on Sunday.

The statement Ms Leda Limann signed on behalf of the family in commemoration of the eighth anniversary of the demise of the Former President said, the foundation would be dedicated to his vision, works and for the growth of democracy and development that he lived for.

"It will promote peace as a cornerstone of a stable democracy, foster education as an instrument for development and enhance the capacity of the youth to engage in local level-democracy building," the statement said.

A church service was held at the Ridge Church, Accra on Sunday and Muslim prayers were said at various mosques last Friday to commemorate the day - January 23.

Friends and other Ghanaian well-wishers joined the President Limann's family members and relatives to mark the anniversary.

The statement said the Former President worked tirelessly for a free and democratic nation.

"His persuasive and people-centred style of government has become cherished attributes of our evolving democracy," it said. The statement recalled that at a time of national economic and social upheavals, Dr Limann remained focussed and systematic in seeking to build a solid foundation in which the rights of every Ghanaian were protected.

The family wished the nation peace, tranquillity and prosperity and thanked all Ghanaians for their support in keeping the memory of their departed father.

Dr Limann died at the age of 64 years at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on January 23, 1998 of a heart-related disease.

He was President of Ghana from 1979 to 1981. He was overthrown in a coup d'etat led by then Flight-Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings. Dr Limann was unsuccessful in his attempt to win back the presidency in the 1992 elections. He left behind a wife and eight children.