By Cecil Mensah
Dr Obed Yao Asamoah, Ghana’s longest serving Foreign Affairs Minister, together with two other Career Diplomats namely, Ambassador Ebenezer Moses Deborah, and Ambassador Daniel Chapman Nyaho ,have been honoured for helping to shape the country’s foreign policy.
The three distinguished personalities, had their names engraved on three conference room halls of the newly built office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration at the plush Airport area in Accra.
According to their citations, the late Daniel Chapman Nyaho, was Ghana’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and later Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) in 1966.
Mr Ebenezer Moses Deborah, was Ghana’s permanent representative to the Organization of African Union (OAU) in 1963 and Dr Obed Yao Asamoah, was the Provisional National Defence Council’s (PNDC’s); Secretary for Foreign Affairs and later Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1982 to 1997; in the first National Democratic
Congress’ (NDC’s) administration under the leadership of ex-President, Jerry John Rawlings.
Speaking at the ceremony to unveil the plagues, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hannah Serwah Tetteh, who doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu Senya East, said the Ministry decided to pay tributes to peoples who have helped, set up the foreign policy course for the nation.
She said, a “nation that does not honour its heroes in not worth dying for” hence the decision to honour the three gallant men who have helped in shaping the foreign policy of the country.
She said, people who have helped to uplift the livelihood of the people must not be forgotten.
She explained since 1957, when Dr Kwame Nkrumah became the first Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ghana joined the Non Aligned Movement (NAM), the country’s foreign policy has been shaped along these lines.
According to her, these have contributed to the country becoming the sixth largest contributor of troops to the United Nations Peacekeeping organization.
On his part, Dr Obed Asamoah, who later became the National Chairman of the governing NDC in opposition in 2001 and later formed the defunct Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) said, the honour done him was a clarion call to all citizens of the nation to do a little for their country.
He noted the monument being named in his honour was an acknowledgment of his achievements to the nation.