The President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio has conferred on President Nana Akufo-Addo the “Grand Commander of the Republic of Sierra Leone” which happens to be the country’s highest national award.
Akufo-Addo was decorated with the highest award when he attended the country’s independence anniversary as Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS.
Akufo-Addo at the ceremony was given a citation that accompanied the honour as an advocate of multiparty democracy and a firm believer of economic integration.
The citation reads;
“A bold advocate of multiparty democracy, he challenged despotism and has since worked to deepen democratic culture and practice in Ghana. His vision of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ is predicated on the notion that with a structured economy, investments in education and infrastructure, African economies can gradually, but confidently, relinquish the era of aid reliance”
“An unapologetic multilateralist, President Akufo-Addo is a firm believer in African political and economic integration and socio-economic development…This award also recognizes the immense contribution of the Republic of Ghana to the restoration of peace and democracy in Sierra Leone.”
President Akufo-Addo after being conferred with the Grand Commander of the Republic of Sierra Leone” took to Facebook to show appreciation to the Siera Leone government for honouring him with such an award.
“On Tuesday, 27th April 2021, I attended the 60th Independence Anniversary Celebration of Sierra Leone, in my capacity as Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS,” the President wrote.
“Together with three other Heads of State, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, conferred his country’s highest national award, “Grand Commander of the Republic of Sierra Leone” on me.
“This is in recognition of my “selfless contribution to deepening democracy and the rule of law in Ghana, and heightening and providing leadership for regional integration and co-operation in Africa”,” he added.