Dan Abodakpi, an aspiring National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has been honoured by the Ga-Adangme Concerned Youth Association, for his meritorious service to the country.
The former Minister of Trade and Industry, was among a number of distinguished personalities honoured by the association in recognition of their contribution to national development and peace.
Other recipients of the award included; Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, a former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, founder of the National Cardiothoracic Center and former Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
A citation accompanying the award, which was presented at an awards ceremony by the association in Accra, described Mr. Abodakpi, who is also a former Ambassador to Malaysia, as a distinguished Ghanaian, who has contributed immensely to the progress of the nation.
In addition, the citation lauded his contribution in ensuring peace during and after the Supreme Court hearing of the 2012 presidential election petition, saying his workings behind the scenes towards sustaining national peace, is commendable.
Nii Ayaafio Tetteh, President of the Association, presenting the award, also commended Mr. Abodakpi for his service to the nation over the years, and was optimistic that he would continue to use his experience to support the growth of Ghana’s democracy and economy.
Receiving the award, Mr. Abodakpi thanked the youth group for the honour, and thanked God for enabling him to serve his country.
He said, the national interest has to remain paramount for all Ghanaians, saying greed and corruption, which he described as the bane of Ghana’s development, have to be eradicated from the Ghanaian social fibre.
He promised to continue to serve the country in any capacity possible, and explained that his candidature for the NDC Chairmanship is to advance the course of the party in improving the welfare of the masses, as well as promoting the nation’s democracy and good governance.
For his part, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, urged the youth to help in maintaining national peace, despite various socio-economic challenges confronting the country.
He reminded the youth that development could only be guaranteed in a peaceful environment, adding that “the secret for peace and stability is internal vigilance, and it is vital that we work together in maintaining and improving tranquility in the country.”
Others, who the association recognised for helping to maintain peace after the 2012 election, were lawyer Maurice Ampau, broadcast journalist, Nii Adjeiklu of Obonu FM, and actress, Emelia Brobbey.