The Kofi Annan Funeral Committee in consultation with the family of the Former UN Secretary General has released details of his burial arrangements in Accra. Mr. Kofi Annan who was the 7TH Secretary General of the United Nations died in Switzerland two weeks ago after a short illness.
Addressing the press in Accra, Information Minister designate Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah who is also a member of the Constituted Kofi Annan Funeral Planning Committee disclosed that the body of the former UN boss will arrive on Monday 10th September 2018 at the Accra International Airport accompanied by his widow Nane Maria Annan, children and some officials from the United Nations.
Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah says his remains will be received with a brief ceremony led by the Ghana Armed forces and the President of the Republic Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo before it is moved to the Accra International Conference Centre.
On Tuesday 11th September 2018, Mr. Annan’s body will be laid in state at the same venue for the general public to pay their last respect to the illustrious son of Ghana between 10am and 4pm.
The Information Minister designate disclosed that on Wednesday 12th September 2018, special dignitaries will file past and pay their last respect to Mr. Kofi Annan.
A burial Service will then take place on the 13th of September at the Conference Centre before he is finally laid to rest at the new Military Ceremony.
The late Kofi Annan was appointed UN Secretary General on the 13th of December 1996 by the Security Council and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from the UN internal staff. He was re-elected for a second term in 2001 and was succeeded by Ban Ki-Moon on January 2007.