The Minister for Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has been honoured with a Pan-African hero award for his great vision in transforming the Ghanaian agricultural sector through the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ initiative.
The ‘Horama Honors’ was presented to him yesterday by the Pan-African Heroes Foundation (PAHF, Rectitude International Mission (RIM) and the Bureau of Research on Governance, Commerce and Administration (BORGCA).
The Minister was decorated with a gown and presented with plaques and a citation.
An excerpt from the citation read, “Your commitment to service and careful supervision over the ‘Planting For Food and Jobs’ has flooded many markets with abundant foodstuffs and has attracted many admirers.”
It added that, “Your strenuous efforts in agriculture, your willingness to assist and share knowledge with people you never knew and your notable success at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has earned you this honor.”
It further noted that, “In all your engagements, you demonstrated your deep desire for excellence and gave it all your worth and might.”
President of Rectitude International Mission, Rina Yakuel Kerzner presented the award to the Minister in his office.
Dr Afriyie Akoto, speaking after being presented with the award, said the mission of the ministry and the Akufo-Addo government is to improve the lives of farmers.
According to him, smallholder farmers constitute the poorest group of workers in Ghana, and the ministry, under his watch, was doing everything possible to better their lives.
Over the last three years, government has demonstrated that with the right support, farmers in Ghana can help to create wealth for themselves and the nation, he said.
The Pan-African Heroes Foundation is a non-profit subsidiary organisation.
Its main objective is to acknowledge and project the image of self-motivated personalities whose current activities directly support livelihoods, thereby contributing towards socio-economic growth with a high potential to champion the cause of communal development.
Rectitude International Mission is a subsidiary organisation of BORGC.
It is the international relations unit of BORGCA, acting in all internationally related affairs, as well as events and programs, on behalf of all BORGCA’s subsidiary agencies.
BORGCA is a research centre for governance, commerce, and administration-related issues.
The bureau basically observes, monitors and collates information on selected interests aimed at purposes of effectiveness and recognition and performance in its competitive analysis.
Source: John Elliot HAGAN,thefinderonline.com