President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been presented with an Exemplary Leadership Award for his commitment to education, exceptional courage and transformational leadership.

The Whitaker Group (TWG), a premier transaction advisory, project facilitator and development firm specialized on Africa and  founded in 2003, donated the Awards which was presented at the 15th anniversary gala dinner night of the Group in the  United States of America.


Part of the citation reads: “May the expectation, as we know it will, of every African man and woman be raised because of your pioneering achievements. May every African child believe that he or she can, because you lifted them up, and paved the way.”


In an address, Rosa Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Whitaker Group (TWG), said the Award was in recognition of the immense positive impact of policies initiated and implemented by President Akufo-Addo’s government and the role President Akufo-Addo was playing in repositioning Africa as a continent of hope in global politics and commerce.


Ms Whitaker was optimistic that Ghana, under President Akufo-Addo’s leadership, would certainly be an inspiration to the world.


In his acceptance remarks, President Akufo-Addo thanked Ms Whitaker and the Whitaker Group for the honour done him.


The President said the vision and aspirations of Ghana's founding fathers was an embodiment of the spirit of the Ghanaian in his or her quest in search of peace, progress and prosperity that could not be quenched. “We are a determined lot, who cannot be deterred.”


President Akufo-Addo, who acknowledged the recognition of the world about Ghana as a beacon of democracy and stability on the African continent said it was imperative that Ghana moved on even further to deepen her democracy.


According to the President, Africa could create wealth and provide happiness to its citizens, if it implemented policies that would engender a strong private sector, coupled with a strong sense of enterprise, innovation and creativity, and an educated and skilled population that was capable of competing in the global marketplace.


This, he said, was why his government was insisting on making basic education, i.e., education from kindergarten through primary and junior high school to senior high school, free in all our public schools, to guarantee access to quality basic education for all of Ghana’s children, irrespective of the circumstances of their birth.


He said in the quest to make basic education free, sight would not be lost of the need to expand horizons and embrace science and technology as critical tools for development.


President Akufo-Addo said it was indicative that Ghanaians built a confident Ghana, united in purpose and at peace with itself that took pride in its diversity, and pursued its historic pan-African vocation.


Though the task would not be easy, the President said, his Government was not illusioned of the nature of the task that it faced.


He was confident that Ghanaians would rise to the occasion and Ghana, the Black Star of Africa, was going to shine and attain the goal of building a nation Beyond Aid.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)