The Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, has stressed the need for the nation and organisations to celebrate their heroes and heroines while they are alive, instead of waiting to honour them posthumously.
He said the state and organisations had the responsibility to recognise and honour their citizens or employees, both past and present, who had or continued to distinguish themselves for their invaluable contributions to the growth and prosperity of the nation and those organisations.
Mr Ashigbey was speaking during a courtesy call on him by Mr Isaac Eshun, a former Chairman of the Board of the GCGL and Editor of the Daily Graphic, at the GCGL Head Office in Accra.
Mr Eshun, who celebrated his 90th birthday on January 10, 2014, was at the office to thank the company for honouring him during his birthday celebrations.
The GCGL had presented a citation, GH˘1,000 and some corporate souvenirs as a token of appreciation for the services Mr Eshun rendered to the company.
Mr Ashigbey said it was more rewarding to recognise and celebrate excellence in one’s lifetime.
“People who distinguish themselves deserve to be appreciated by society. The criterion is always how well or how professional you were in the discharge of your responsibilities,” he said.
He commended Mr Eshun for his patriotism, selflessness and dedication to duty during the period he served the company.
Mr Eshun said he was pleasantly astonished and overwhelmed by the kind gesture of the GCGL, adding that after parting ways with the company as far back as 1964, he thought he was a forgotten hero.
He thanked the board, management and staff of the GCGL for that exemplary display of appreciation and wished the company well.
His advice for Mr Ashigbey was: “You should be diligent in your stewardship and keep an eagle eye on even the minutest transaction within the company, else you will be overtaken by events. This I recommend to every captain of industry or every chief executive.”
Source: Daily Graphic/Ghana
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