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Kofi Annan to be laid in state today

The remains of the former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Kofi Annan, will be laid in state today, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

This is to give an opportunity to the general public to file past and pay their final respects to the late diplomat.

On Wednesday, September 12, dignitaries will also pay their last respects to Mr. Kofi Annan.

The remains of Mr. Annan who died in Switzerland on August 18, 2018 was brought to Ghana on Monday for a three-day state funeral and burial.

The remains, draped in a UN Flag, came via a chartered flight from Geneva, Switzerland, accompanied by the widow, Nane Annan, and her children.

President Nana Akufo-Addo led a government delegation that was on hand to welcome relatives of the late Kofi Annan as part of a short ceremony.

Prayers, both Christian and traditional, were also held for the late UN Secretary-General.

A burial service will take place on September 13 at the Conference Centre before Kofi Annan and a private burial subsequently held at the new Military Cemetary.

Meanwhile, some major roads in Accra will be blocked on Thursday to make way for the burial service of the late Kofi Annan.

Some roads to be blocked include the Ridge roundabout to the Stadium traffic light road.

Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who made the announcement urged the public to comply with the directive.

“The main route to the ridge roundabout to the Stadium roundabout will be closed on Thursday, and it’s only those who have received the invitations that would be allowed to access those routes on Thursday. The forecourt of the statehouse and Parliament house are available for parking for those who are invited.”

“And while we encourage the public to come in an pay their last respects on Tuesday. We also ask that we adhere and comply with all the security instructions that would be given by the security officers on the day,” he added.

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