VICE-PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama has been decorated with Ã¢â‚¬ËœCardomon GarlantÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, a traditional decoration meant for only Presidents, vice-presidents, kings and other high profile persons in his office at the Osu-Castle in Accra.
The decorative ceremony was performed by Dr. Raja K.P.R Raja, a business magnate and Chairman of Pima International Group, doing business in over 25 countries throughout the world including Ghana.
The Indian businessman was in the Castle to congratulate President Mills and his vice for their achievement.
Also at the Castle was the Ambassador of the United States of America (USA), Donald Teiltbaum to extend warm felicitations from the newly sworn-in president of the US, President Barack Obama.
The group immediately went into closed door meeting.
The next group to call on the vice-president was made up of members of the Freemason Grand Lodge, a charity organization led by John Atta-Quayson, who would be inducted into office as the first Grandmaster of Ghana.
Other members of the group include Grandmaster Mason, Scotland and Grandmaster Lodge, Ireland.
Addressing them, vice-president Mahama urged the group to dispel rumours of some secrecy surrounding their way of life.
He said there were some perceptions being carried around about the group and therefore it would be prudent to help erase those perceptions and conceptions.
Mr. Mahama acknowledged the contribution of the organization to socio-economic development and urged them to give more to the vulnerable in society.
He mentioned that the new NDC administration under President Mills inherited a weak economy but insisted that that would not discourage the president from fulfilling his promises to the Ghanaian people.
Yet another group to visit the Castle, Osu, to congratulate the vice-president was the executive of the Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA).
Leading the delegation was George K. Ofori, president of the association. Others include Alpha Shabban, general-secretary; Joseph Obeng, national organiser; Augustine Oteng-Kusi, member; George Djan, and Joe Paddy, also members.
By Wisdom Peter Awuku