Minority Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South Constituency, Haruna Iddrisu has consoled the widow of the late former Policy Advisor to the late president Atta Mills, Dr. Sulley Gariba, saying that his passing is not just a lost to the family, but, the entire country.
The Tamale South legislator made these comments when he led a section of MPs in parliament to commiserate with the bereaved family here in Tamale, at his private residence.
“An intellectual pillar of Ghana is gone. He had faith in Ghana. And faith in the country. That is why it is not surprise that he served in other every government. Be it PNDC, NPP or NDC. Because of his common faith in the posterity and the good of mother Ghana. May his sole rest in peace”, the leader told the family.
“His no more. We only can pray that God will give Mrs Sulley the fortitude to accept what you can not change. In our culture and Islam, it is said that when your spouse dies, the spouse is buried in your heart. So if you were the wife, the man is buried in your heart. Graciously, this is the month of Ramadan. The month of grace. We pray Allah Wata Allah will grant him His mercies and grant him. And grant him Jannatul Firdaus”, he prayed for the late Dr. Sulley.
Accompanied the minority leader to the funeral house is was the some minority and majority MPs, including the for Deputy Northern Regional Minister and current NPP MP for Zabzugu constituency, John Jabar and NDC MP for Awutu Senya West, Gizella Agbotui.
The NDC Northern Regional Chairman, Alhaj Ibrahim Mobila was also there on behalf of President Mahama and the party.Thanking the delegation on behalf of the family, Mr. Otunba Moses Oledele said they were so grateful to the minority leader and his colleagues for the gesture.
Mr. Otunba Moses Oledele later led the delegation to the tomb, where the late Dr. Sulley Gariba was buried in his private residence.
Dr. Sulley served as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada from 2014 to 2017, and Senior Policy Advisor to the then President Atta Mills where he established the Policy Delivery and Evaluation Unit in the Presidency of Ghana from 2010 to 2014.
In the field of evaluation, knowledge management and learning, Sulley is a leader in the international evaluation movement.He was founding President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and President of the African Evaluation Association.
He advised the first round of the Evaluation of the Paris Declaration; was team leader for the Review of UNDP’s Evaluation Policy; led the evaluation of UNDP’s HIV and AIDS programs in 11 African countries; and designed and delivered training on citizen-based tools for evaluating poverty to over a dozen African Parliaments.
He has led research, learning, and training initiatives on Evaluating Collective Action Movements in Africa, using the results to train five youth-led collective action movements across Africa.
This work is influencing the reconsideration of youth-led forces demanding accountability for public policies in Africa, and using evaluative tools to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practices.
He was on the Board of the International Initiative on Impact Evaluation (3ie), a member of the Evaluation Advisory Panel of AGRA, and on the Technical Advisory Panel of the UNICEF Evaluation Office.
He established the Institute for Policy Alternatives, a policy think tank and research organization based in Ghana.