Kofi Annan Calls For All Hands On Deck

D.Kofi Annan,(left) presenting an award to Ebusuapanyin Dr.Francis Opoku(right),president of  MOBA looking on are officials of MOBA..photo Hannah NkrumahFormer United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has called on all Ghanaians to be on board in the struggle to save the country from the current hardships.

“The task of nation building is an ongoing process. Our country is going through difficult times, and we are all needed at this time,” he said.

Mr. Annan, who was speaking at the 138th Fund Raising Awards and Dinner Night of Mfantsipim Senior High School in Accra, last Friday night, said “Every Ghanaian has an obligation to serve and contribute to the development of the country, especially in the current difficult time”.

The ceremony, held under the theme, “Let’s begin to dream again for Mfantsipim and Ghana,” was organised by the Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA) 1984 year group to raise funds for the school’s infirmary expansion project.

The project is aimed at increasing the bed capacity of the infirmary from 24 to 46, at a cost of GH¢517,000.

The former UN boss, who completed Mfantsipim in 1957, said just as Ghanaians exhibited unity and togetherness in the struggle for independence, the current generation should be united in the quest for economic independence and development.

He urged the leadership of the country to adhere to the tenets of peace and security, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

He said the development of the country would be achieved in an atmosphere of peace, stability and togetherness, adding that “A healthy democracy is based on peace, stability, rule of law, and respect for human rights. No nation can be prosperous without respect for human rights”.

Mr. Annan commended the head of Mfantsipim School for maintaining academic excellence and instilling discipline in the students.

He said the solid foundation he gained from Mfantsipim School helped him in his career in the International Civil Service and advised the current generation of students to take their studies seriously to enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the development of the nation, and the world at large.

The ceremony witnessed the conferment of an award for Exemplary Leadership, Dedication and Valour on Dr. Francis Poku, president of MOBA.

Special awards were also given to other former students, they are, Tsatsu Tsikata, Phillip Addison, Frank Davies, and Alex Quaynor, for distinguishing themselves in the area of law.

The others are Kweku Bedu-Addo, banking and finance, Anis Haffar, education, Moses Baiden Junior, business development and entrepreneurship, Reginald Laryea, marketing and advertising, Kwabena Agyei Agye-pong, politics, and Kwesi Twum, media.

By Yaw Kyei  


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