Edwin N. Korley conferring the honour on Sherry Ayittey (2nd left) and Gertrude Quashigah (right)
A US-based higher education institute, DaySpring Christian University, Mississippi, over the weekend conferred honorary doctorate degrees on 16 Ghanaians for their outstanding contributions towards the progress of Ghana and humany in general.
They were Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Aqua Culture, who was awarded doctorate in Science; Kofi Asamoah, Secretary-General of Trades Unions Congress; Gertrude Quarshigah, Founder of Amber Quality Foods Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Living Foundation, a non-governmental organization, who was adorned with doctorate in Counseling.
Some others included Alhaji Mustapha Oti Boateng, CEO of Chocho Herbal Products Limited; Emelia Asiakwa, Managing Director of Jubilee Tours, an hospitality firm; Samia Nkrumah, daughter of the late President Kwame Nkrumah, who is the current Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and Jefferson Kwamina Sackey, a senior broadcast journalist of Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station.
Delivering the keynote address on behalf of the President of DaySpring University, Brook Haven, Rev. Professor Edwin N. Korley observed that the awardees were honoured based on their selfless services to humanity.
According to him, they had proven themselves beyond all reasonable doubts to be persons of integrity in the discharge of their national and humanitarian duties.
“Nationalistic and sacrificial services to one’s nation, society and humanity at large, deserve recognition and commendation,” he said.
“DaySpring proudly places greater value on the promotion of the acceptability of excellence in every field of life. Hence, this special honoris causa awards for these deservingly distinguished patriots, icons and celebrities,” according to him.
He, however, pointed out that the human society continued to do great disservice to its heroes by not honouring their noble services, whilst they are alive, adding that Ghana was one of the many nations that took pride in recognizing the services of its legends post-humously.
He noted that the awardees were to serve as role models and inspirations for others who desire to be honoured for their services to humanity.
Meanwhile, the CEO of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Sylvester Mensah, who chaired the convocation, commended the awardees and urged them to carry on with their patriotic services.
BY Melvin Tarlue
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