President John Dramani Mahama on Friday swore-in 12 Envoys with a call on them to guard against activities that could undermine the integrity of Ghana and the government.
He said, as representatives of Ghana in their various countries, it was incumbent on them to exhibit high moral standards and seek trade and other commercial partnerships that would enhance the development of Ghana.
The envoys are; Mrs Irene Dede Maamah, Ambassador designate to the Republic of Senegal, Mrs Mercy Yvonne Debrah- KariKari, High Commissioner to Australia, Professor Samuel Mbrayeh Quartey, Ambassador to Morocco, Mr San Nasamu Asibigi, Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire.
Others are; Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye- Marfo, Ambassador to Algeria, Major General Carl Setoewu Modey, High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Mr Samuel Panyin Yalley, High Commissioner to India and Dr Kodzo Kpoku Alabo, Ambassador to the Russian Federation.
The rest are; Mr Benjamin Clement Eghan, High Commissioner designate to the Republic of Malaysia, Alhaji Abdul Rahman Haruna Attah, High Commisioner to the Republic of Namibia and Mr Alex Asum-Ahensan, Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
President Mahama who administered oaths of office, allegiance and secrecy onto them appealed to envoys to also strengthen their relations with various countries that they have been posted to, by constantly meeting with their counterparts.
He said although there are some infrastructural challenges in some of the countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was working assiduously to make all of them comfortable in their areas of operations.
“We do have infrastructure challenges in some of the countries, but I can assure you that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working hard to own more property and I urge you to bear with the situation for now.”
President Mahama cautioned against recurrence of embarrassing situation that were recorded in some of the countries in the past.
President Mahama reminded them that the days where envoys’ duties were confined to the popping of champaign were over and urged them to forge relations that would enhance mutual benefits.
Professor Samuel Quartey on behalf of his colleagues commended President Mahama for reposing confidence in them to represent Ghana beyond its geographical boundaries.
He gave the assurance that they would justify that confidence by ensuring healthy relations in their various countries in the coming years.
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