The South Carolina House of Representatives and the City Council of Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA, have in a resolution and a proclamation honoured Dr Arthur Kobina Kennedy, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential aspirant.
Dr Kennedy who resigned his post as the Chief Executive Officer of the Family Health Centres Incorporated, to contest the Flagbearership of the NPP, was honoured at a joint ceremony held at the South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.
The resolution, passed by the State Parliament and signed by the Speaker, Robert W. Harrell, Jr and the Clerk of the House, Charles F. Reid, commended Dr Arthur Kennedy for the immeasurable contributions to the Family Health Centres Inc. in the Orangeburg community and the State of South Carolina.
The Resolution expressed the hope that Dr Kennedy would continue to impact countless lives in the years to come.
The Resolution was full of praise for Dr Kennedy for initiating exceptional programming advances for Family Health Centres, including the creation of a new Pharmacy Assistance Programme to provide prescriptions to the underinsured and the institution of Americorps Student Programme.
As an active community leader, Dr Kennedy was appointed to the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2003 to 2006 and, also, he served on the advisory committee of National Institute of Health Grants with Voorhees College and Clemson University.
The resolution observed with admiration that during his tenure of office as CEO of Family Health Centres, Dr Kennedy oversaw the construction of two new medical centres — the “St George Medical Centre and the St Matthew's Medical Centre.
Members of the House of Representatives wished Dr Kennedy all the best in his future endeavours, the resolution added.
The proclamation by the City Council of Orangeburg, signed by the Mayor, Paul A. Miller, said that Dr Arthur Kennedy had become a strong and viable presidential candidate, running on the ticket of the NPP.
“Dr Kennedy hopes to make a difference in his mission to serve the poor and under-privileged in his country Ghana,” the proclamation added.
The proclamation recounted the traumatic experiences Dr Kennedy encountered while a student at the medical school of the University of Ghana, Legon. They included his dismissal from the Medical School, arrest and detention as President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and his subsequent exile to pursue his academic goals in the United States of America.