The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has held a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as well as an Awards Ceremony to honour thirty nine (39) former Ambassadors who worked to advance Ghana’s Foreign Service.
The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who was the Special Guest of Honour for the ceremony which was held on Thursday, December 20, 2018, commended the Ministry for acknowledging the contributions and achievements of the former Ambassadors.
His Excellency Dr. Bawumia stated that there was the need to publicly celebrate the achievements and deep sense of patriotism the former ambassadors exhibited in the discharge of their duty to the country. He commended the recipients of the awards for working to advance the country’s Foreign Service.
The awards were in two categories, immediate and posthumous, fifteen (15) former Ambassadors received immediate awards whiles twenty four(24) were awarded posthumously. The Former Ambassadors who were awarded were;
- Ambassador Clement Otu Cuduto Amate
- Ambassador Patrick Komla Seddoh
- Ambassador James Victor Gbeho
- Ambassador Andrew Kow Afful
- Ambassador Alexander Ntim Abankwa
- Ambassador Jacob Botwe Wilmot
- Ambassador Annan Arkyin Cato
- Ambassador George Robert Nipah
- Ambassador Francis Adjei Danso
- Ambassador Ebenezer Ate Allotey
- Ambassador Kofi Sekyiamah
- Ambassador Moses K. Ahmed Agyeman
- Ambassador Mrs. Agnes Yahan Aggrey-Orleans
- Ambassador Jaoa Goncalves Baeta
- Ambassador Oliver Kenneth Kofi Lawluvi
- Ambassador William Ato Wilson
- Ambassador Vishnu Kofi Wassiamal
- Ambassador Samuel Ernest Quarm
- Ambassador Joseph Ahwa Laryea
- Ambassador Assua Kwasi Sekyim Kwandoh
- Ambassador Boniface Kwame Atepor
- Ambassador Joseph Quao Cleland
- Ambassador Benjamin Godzi Godwyll
- Ambassador Victor Esem Wood
- Ambassador Thomas Benjamin Sam
- Ambassador Kwame Yeboa Boafo
- Ambassador Major Seth Anthony
- Ambassador Samuel Patrick Ofei Kumi
- Ambassador Eric Kwamena Otoo
- Ambassador Franz Ababio Yao Djaisi
- Ambassador Yaw Bamford Turkson
- Ambassador Jonas Awuku Afari
- Ambassador Kwame Addae
- Ambassador Joseph Boye Lomotey
- Ambassador Charles Christian Lokko
- Ambassador W.W.K Vanderpuye
- Ambassador A.W. Ephson
- Ambassador Gordon Cudjoe
- Ambassador James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey-Orleans
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey in her address thanked the Vice President, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for accepting to grace the ceremony. She acknowledged the significant role played by the distinguished former Ambassadors and added that they contributed immensely towards the growth and development of Ghana’s Foreign Service.
A former Minister for Foreign Affairs and a recipient of an award Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, on behalf of his fellow award recipients, thanked the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Vice President of the Republic, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration for bestowing the honour on them.
He was grateful the work which was done by the Foreign Service Officers in the early days of the Ministry had been appreciated. He also congratulated his former colleagues who received the awards and urged the families of the Ambassadors who received posthumous awards to be glad of their achievement in advancing Ghana’s Foreign Service.