The Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, has said government will not release public funds to support the John Evans Atta Mills Presidential Library in Cape Coast.

This according to him is because the memorial and research facility is a private initiative which should be funded privately.

Speaking to Daily Graphic in an interview on Wednesday Mr. Duncan explained that: “this facility is purely a private enterprise to immortalise President Mills, so government cannot commit funds to its running.”

He said because the project was a private initiative such as presidents Kufuor and Rawlings’s foundations, no government funds could be released to fund the library.

“Besides, when I was taking over as minister, nothing on President Mills’s Library was included in my hand over notes, so we can’t fund it,” he said.

Mr Duncan said he could recall during the inauguration of the facility, a committee was constituted to run the affairs of the library, and added “I remember a committee was constituted, under the chairmanship of Mr Kofi Totobi Kwakye to fund the library.”

“So there is no way the government can step in at this stage. The government will not commit one cedi to this project,” he said.