President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lauded the outgoing British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Jon Benjamin, for further deepening Ghana’s relations with the United Kingdom during his stay in Ghana.
Nana Akufo-Addo noted that Mr Benjamin would be missed by Ghanaians for his keen interest in Ghanaian socio-political life unlike any other High Commissioner that has been to the country.
Nana Akufo-Addo said this when Mr Benjamin paid a farewell call on him at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday.
President Akufo-Addo hoped the new High Commissioner, Iain Walker will follow the steps of Mr Benjamin and further enrich the good relations between the two countries.
Mr Walker takes over from Mr Benjamin in August 2017.
Jon Benjamin commended
President Akufo-Addo gave an open invitation to Mr Benjamin and said he could visit the country any time he so desired.
He commended him for his stay in the country and for his clear interest in the country’s welfare, speaking on matters of national importance and broadening dialogue in the country.
“It is going to be difficult for us to forget Jon Benjamin,” he said, and wished him well in his future endeavours.
President AKufo-Addo indicated that Mr. Benjamin helped deepen Ghana’s relationship with Britain which dated back to the period of slave trade.
“Despite all that went on in the past, Britain is still an important partner to Ghana in all national lives, in education, health service, among others,” he said and added that Britain had supported the country on many occasions without hesitation.
He said there had been a lot of trade, economic, and political engagements between both nations, with the British language being the official language of Ghana.
Mr Benjamin’s remarks
Mr. Benjamin, on his part, said he was sad that his tenure in Ghana had come to an end. He said he had travelled extensively in the country and learnt a lot about the people and the Ghanaian culture
“It is an experience we will treasure,” he said and indicated that he would have fond memories of Ghana and would hold the country high wherever he went.