The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on Friday renamed some of its conference halls after three illustrious sons of the country who have served in various capacities at the ministry.
The diplomats, Mr. Daniel Chapman Nyaho, who served as Ghana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the United States between 1951 and 1959, was also the principal secretary to the late Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The second, Mr. Ebenezer Moses Debrah, was Ghana’s first Representative to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) between 1953 to 1967 and Dr. Obed Asamoah who served as the secretary of Foreign Affairs between 1982 and 1993 under the Provisional National Defence Council PNDC and later Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1993 and 1997 making him the longest serving minister at the ministry.
The sector minister, Mr. Hannah Tetteh, speaking at the ceremony said the contribution of the three had helped shape Ghana’s foreign policy, hence, the need to honour them to serve as moral booster for the present generation.
“They have laid the solid foundation that shaped the foreign policy of the country which had promoted peace and goodwill between Ghana and her neighbours and helped in the fight against apartheid during international peacekeeping, in solidarity with the UN,” she said.
She indicated that the foundation had also culminated in the country establishing a diaspora bureau as well as a centre for migration and the election of Dr. Kofi Annan as the UN Secretary General.
The minister expressed optimism that the legacies of the three would continue to inspire them to greater heights.
The grandson of Mr. Nyaho, Ben Kwesi Kayode Ogunro, who sang a song of the grandfather which urged one to count his or her blessing one by one, commended the ministry and the country for making the family proud.
Mr. Debrah said he wept when he received the letter for the programme and urged the country to continue honouring citizens who had contributed in one way or the other for the advancement and development of the country.
Dr. Asamoah, on his part said the honour was a clarion call for Ghanaians to die a little for the country, citing his selfless service to mother Ghana.
He commended the ministry for the gesture and urged other ministries and spirited individuals to give recognition where it was due.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu