The South- South News, a digital media platform in the US, on Wednesday presented two awards and an information system package to President John Atta Mills in recognition of Ghana’s economic growth and progress in the nation’s education front.
The awards are the South-South Award Plaque in recognition of Ghana’s economic growth, and painting on a 100-metre long scroll for the advances in Ghana’s education reforms, cultural diversity and harmony.
Mr Francis Lorenzo, President of the South-South News, presented the awards to President Mills at a short ceremony in New York attended by Permanent Representatives of some developing nations in the United Nations.
“Your Excellency President John Evans Atta Mills, via your sturdy leadership and strong commitment of remaining anchored to your pledge to build a strong and resilient economy, Ghana’s economic growth path has caught the attention of the world,” a citation accompanying the awards read.
It continued, “Your fiscal prudence; ability to keep a single digit inflation figure for close to a year; maintaining stable currency and your impressive growth pattern has made Ghana’s economy of the fastest growing economy worldwide." “Capital has a choice and your commitment to making Ghana an unattractive destination for illicit drug trade is certainly reflecting in a colossal amount appetite that investors have investing in Ghana.”
The citation acknowledged that President Mills has an accommodating governance style which reflects in his pledge to manage the affairs of the state in an open, honest and transparent manner which stands him out as a reformer really committed to building a Better Ghana.
The platform lauded President Mills for setting up the Media Fund to build the capacity of journalists adding that it was a clear manifestation of the President’s belief in the power of the media as a critical partner in development.
President Mills thanked the South-South News for the awards.
“I accept these prizes with great pride and humility,” President Mills said, and added that what his Administration had done was to build on the foundations built by earlier ones.
He expressed the hope that others would build on the achievements, reminding leaders to recognize that they are voted into power to raise the standard of living of the people. President Mills called on leaders to maintain peace at all cost, see the factors that threatened peace and not to overstay legitimate periods of stewardship.
President Mills reminded leaders that a lot of people are interested in their performance, and they dare not fail them. The Permanent Representatives at meeting took turns in congratulating President Mills on the awards.
Source: Benjamin Mensah, GNA Correspondent in New York, USA
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