Year of Return: Akufo-Addo applauds Ghanaians for making the programme a success

By Nana Yaw Dwamena January 08, 2020 516 1 comment

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commended Ghanaians at home and abroad for making a big success of the Year of Return.

“On behalf of the government, I extend sincere, heartfelt gratitude to the people of Ghana for helping to make the ‘Year of Return’ a great success,” he said in a statement.

According to the President, the welcoming attitude and the warm Ghanaian hospitality proved to be the strongest attraction for “our kith and kin from the African diaspora, who thronged our shores to commemorate the ‘Year of Return’. The proverbial Ghanaian hospitality won once more.”

Toast of the world

The President said the Year of Return was not only exciting, but afforded the country the chance to re-establish, intensify and consolidate relations between Africa and peoples of the black diaspora.

“They felt very welcome, enjoyed their stay with us, and, as a result, our country is, once again, the toast not only of Africa, but also of the world,” he said.

“I commend the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defence Staff of the Armed Forces, and the officers, men and women of our security services for their sense of professionalism and dedication to duty, which enabled them to preserve the peace and security of our country in the course of the celebration.

“By the grace of God, no untoward incident occurred,” the statement said.

Beyond the Return

Touching on “Beyond the Return”, the ten-year initiative that seeks to help Ghana to engage in further, mutually beneficial links to promote trade, investment and cultural co-operation with the African diaspora, the President urged all Ghanaians to demonstrate the same level of excitement and commitment as characterised the Year of Return, and to help make this, too, an enduring success.

“Together, I am confident that we can imbibe in ourselves a deep consciousness and understanding of the goals and history of the African peoples to ensure that the 21st century is, indeed, the African century, the century of black people the world over,” he said.


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