President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has conveyed his sincerest condolence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family on the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, which occurred on Friday, 9th April 2021.
President Akufo-Addo, who described the Duke of Edinburgh as Queen Elizabeth’s “devoted companion of the last 73 years”, recounted their visits to Ghana in 1961 and 1999, which Ghanaians still hold the “excellent memories of his dynamic and engaging personality.”
He said Prince Philip’s life “had a positive impact on us in Ghana. Over 750,000 young Ghanaians have benefitted from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the great initiative he established in 1956 — 65years ago, to unearth talents amongst young people the world over.”
“It is now known in Ghana as the Head of State Award Scheme and I had the honour, two days before his death, of cutting the sod for the construction of its administrative office building.
That, President Akufo-Addo said, had made Ghana one of the few countries in the world and the second in Africa, to have such an office. “His place in Ghanaian history is secure, and we appreciate very much his contact with us.”
The President emphasized that “the British have lost a redoubtable public servant and we wish him peaceful rest in the bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again.”
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD