Ghanaians urged to highlight on achievements

Dr. Sulley GaribaDr. Sule Gariba, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, has urged Ghanaians to highlight more on the success stories of the country as it marks its 58 years of independence.

“As we celebrate our 58th anniversary, we are celebrating our own success,” Dr.Gariba said at Ottawa, Canada, as Ghanaians marked the event in that country.

He said though Ghana was facing challenges, achievements were more than failures, adding that “Fifty-eight years ago, nobody would have imagined a Ghanaian setting up a business in Canada. But today, there are many Ghanaian businesses here contributing to the economy of Canada.”

Dr Gariba urged Ghanaian businesses to invest back home and contribute to the growth of the economy, and said he would establish a Diasporan Office to help Ghanaians living in Canada to invest at home.

He said the best way for Ghana to develop was for everybody to play his or her part in the national development agenda.

A Toronto-based physician, Dr. Isaac Odame, who led a team of specialists to train Ghanaian nurses in pediatric health care, praised Dr Gariba for his hard work.

Dr Odame also congratulated businesswoman, Magareth Adu, who has won several awards in the Alberta Province in Canada for her exceptional entrepreneurial role in business.

“We must showcase the achievements of distinguished Ghanaians such as these and celebrate them, because they hold high the flag of Ghana and excel,” Dr Odame said.

Retired diplomat and former Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, John Schram, congratulated Ghanaians for chalking out yet another feat in history.

He appealed to Ghanaians living in Canada to contribute to the development of their nation back home.

Mr. Schram, who studied at the University of Ghana, Legon, said he was impressed with Ghana’s rapid development, saying “The last time I visited Ghana a couple of years ago, I was surprised at how quickly the country has changed. There are better roads and high rising buildings; I couldn’t recognise a lot of places. I got lost.”

President of the Ghanaian Community in Ottawa, Robert Bismark Otoo, said the association has planned to actively include the youth in its activities, and has appointed a co-ordinator to help develop programmes to promote the welfare of Ghanaian youth in Ottawa.

“It is the only way we can help them maintain the rich values of our great country Ghana. It is also a way of teaching them leadership roles because the youth are the immediate future leaders.”

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