Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu has received the UN Global Public Excellence Award and the Ambassadorial role appointment for supporting and working hard towards sustainable goals initiated by the former UN General Secretary, the late Dr. Kofi Annan who is a Ghanaian who worked at the University of Ghana, Legon.
The Vice Chancellor said the youth of today must be taught the right things so that they can carry them to the future in building a better nation.
He expressed that politics of insults must cease, and politicians must mind their language not to create or cause problems for the ordinary people.
Dr. Foudjour who led some other award winners for 2018 to make the presentation at the new Chancellor’s Chamber said the Global Public Excellence and Companion of Honour is to empower global citizens to make the world accessible and also interpret the resolution and developmental happenings of communities.
He noted that 2019 would see 17 Gold Stars in Presidential, Ministerial, Ambassadorial, Parliamentarian, Chief Executives and Chancellors’ Global Presentation in South Africa and the USA with 17 SDGs achieving countries and called on corporate Ghana for sponsorship and nominations.
He also called on government agencies and civil society groups to support and honour the participation at global platforms.
The initiative is named after the late Dr. Kofi Annan, the 7th United Nations General Secretary, with the Asantehene, Nana Osei Tutu II and Nana Addo DanquahAkufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana who sits as the Co Chair to the United Nations Advocacy Group of Eminent People as life patrons to see the achievement and realization of the Resolution 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals.
There would be innovative extra curricular initiatives like the Kofi Annan Miss Global Pagent to make women ambassadors for development with $100,000 prize of excellence at stake.
The Kofi Annan Global Football Tournament for all countries to be hosted in Ghana, “The Leave – No One Behind” Project, as well as a community development project would be rewarded.
Professor Owusu urged the youth to be empowered to participate in democratic governance and global decision making, as over 40 Ghanaian youth will join the global community in the United Nations Summits, Conventions, World Programmes to become Global Icons and Checkmates of government to foster development.
Some award winners present at the ceremony were Madam Gloria Commodore of WISA fame, Cynthia Lamptey, Dan Nii Mensah of Dan de Van Ltd, Sammy Heywood Okine a media practitioner and Ali Jarra former national goalkeeper.
STORY BY Sammy Heywood Okine and Naa Amerley Commey