Akufo-Addo receives Sierra Leone’s highest national award

His excellency, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo president of the republic of Ghana on Tuesday, 27th April 2021 visited Sierra Leone, as part of the country’s 60th independence day celebrations. At the ceremony, president Dr. Julius Maada Bio commemorated eight foreign dignitaries of which the highest award was conferred on President Nana Addo Dankwah. He was awarded “the Grand Commander of the Republic of Sierra Leone” , president Maada Bio explained that this honor was given to Akuffo Addo in acknowledgement of his selfless contribution to “deepening democracy and the rule of law in Ghana and for heightening and providing leadership for regional integration and co-operation in Africa”. The honor is also in recognition of president Akuffo Addo’s “outstanding career of public service” president Maada Bio stated.
“A bold advocate of multiparty democracy, he challenged despotism, and has since worked to deepen democratic culture and practice in Ghana. His vision of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ is predicated on the notion that with a structured economy, investments in education and infrastructure, African economies can gradually, but confidently, relinquish the era of aid reliance. An unapologetic multilateralist, President Akufo-Addo is a firm believer in African political and economic integration and socio-economic development…This award also recognizes the immense contribution of the Republic of Ghana to the restoration of peace and democracy in Sierra Leone” president Dr. Julius Maada Bio explained further.
Present at the day’s ceremony were His Excellencies President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who is also Chairman of ECOWAS; Professor Alpha Conde of Guinea; President George Manneh Weah of Liberia; President Adama Barrow of The Gambia; Nuno Gomes Nabiam, the Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau; Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other representatives of Heads of State.
While delivering a goodwill speech, President Akufo-Addo expressed appreciation to the government and people of Sierra Leone for the reception they had given, noting that they were indeed honored to grace the country’s 60th Independence Anniversary. He also congratulated the Government and the people of Sierra Leone on the 60th anniversary celebration. “If there is any country in West Africa that has shown resilience and the will to persevere, in the face of numerous challenges and obstacles, there is no better example than Sierra Leone, and this is worthy of commendation.” he applauded them.
He also used the platform to entreat the people of Sierra Leone to put a stop to ethnocentrism which has been a major reason for conflict in the country. “So, whether you are Mende, Temne, Limba, Loko, Fula, Mandingo, Krio, Susu, Kissi or Kru, I appeal to you to look beyond where you come from. You must deepen the cohesion amongst you, and promote a spirit of reconciliation for the sake of your beloved country, its progress and prosperity. You are Sierra Leoneans, first and foremost, and I urge you to wear that accolade with pride.” “On this 60th Independence Anniversary of Sierra Leone, I wish all of you can come together to build a new Sierra Leone,” he urged, and further admonished Sierra Leonean’s to work hard toward peace, progress and the development of the country. By:ShirlinBlanksonMcCarthy/Allgatemedia

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