After recently making the headlines and attracting applauds following his nomination by President John Mahama as Ghana?s ambassador-designate to the United States, the whereabouts of Dr Cadman Atta Mills, an astute economist and a brother to the late President, John Atta Mills remains sketchy after his reported ?rejection? by the US government.
While many thought he should still be in the government machinery set-up as Economic Adviser to the President, since he has been replaced by General retired Smith as ambassador to US, The aL-hAJJ?s investigations show that the soft-spoken former senior executive at the World Bank has left his desk at the presidency unceremoniously and perhaps may be cooling off in the US where he resided for many years before his return to the country to support his brother, former President Mills.
All enquiries by this paper on the status and/or whereabouts of President Mahama?s Economic Adviser, including the Flag Staff House drew blank as no one could tell the present position of Cadman Mills save to say it?s been long since he was spotted in his office.
President Mahama last year named Dr. Cadman Mills as one of the several Ambassadors-designate and indications were that he had been penciled to represent Ghana?s interest in the United States of America.
But for inexplicable reasons, former Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Joseph Henry Smith (rtd) was later to be commissioned Ghana?s Ambassador to the US by the President. General Smith has since assumed duties, leaving the fate of Cadman Mills hanging in the balance.
However, media reports later indicated that government couldn?t secure ?agreemo? (memorandum of understanding) with the US government on behalf of Dr Cadman Mills? appointment and therefore in effect, has been rejected by the US government.
Though no reason/s were proffered, speculations are rife to the effect that the late Professor Mills? brother who lived in the US for many years may have had some ?marital issues? while in the US, hence the decision by the US administration to deny him the opportunity of serving his country in the US as an ambassador.
Dr Cadman Mills was instrumental in the impressive and unprecedented economic performance under the presidency of his brother, the late President Mills.? Indeed, he is reported together with the then vice-president, John Mahama to have played key roles in securing the hitherto promising US$3 billion China Development Bank (CDB) loan between the Chinese government and the government of Ghana.
He served as Economic Adviser to his late brother until his death. A position he continued to hold under President Mahama until his nomination and subsequent ?rejection? as ambassador by the US government.
Whereas government sources say his office was still available to him even after losing out for the topmost job in Washington, the calm-but-shrewd economist, TheaL-hAJJ?s further investigations revealed may be suffering from boredom as a result of under-utilization, hence going AWOL. All attempts to speak to him proved futile.
However, his brother, Samuel Atta Mills who was appointed last year by President Mahama as acting Managing Director of Ghana Tourism Development Company who is said to be performing creditably on his new job could not volunteer any information to this paper when his views was sought.
When pressed further with some evidence, he reluctantly told this paper that, his senior brother has travelled to the United States, but yet refused to give details.
Sammy, as he is affectionately called, rather cunningly diverted the discussion to his life saying he is doing well with his new found job in the hospitality industry.
The man who was also a special aide to his late brother, President Mills, said he is leading a team of hospitality experts to launch a blue print that will see a remarkable benefit for the country?s tourism industry.
However, Cadman Mills, who initially was seen at the forefront in the running of a government his brother bequeathed to his most trusted prot?g? John Mahama by virtue of his unfortunate demise on July 24, 2012, may have jumped ship.
His last public engagements were during the second anniversary celebrations of late President John Evans Atta Mills and the sod-cutting ceremony of a library project in memory of his late brother at Cape Coast.
Source: The Alhajj