has presented Letters of Commission to 10 envoys and reminded functionaries of the government that governance is about service and not the sharing of spoils.
He contends that governance becomes effective when the right decisions were taken by the government to empower the people economically and also deepen their political consciousness to enable them to participate actively in the country's democratic process.
President Mills, who made these remarks at the Castle, Osu, where he also administered the Oath of Office, Allegiance and Secrecy to the envoys, said the electorate had entrusted their destiny into the hands of the government to ensure the quantitative and qualitative improvement in their conditions of life.
The envoys are Mrs Helen Mamle Kofi for China; Mrs Genevieve Delali Tsegah, France; Mr Fidelis Woenenyo Ekar, The Kingdom of Spain; and Mrs Margaret Clarke-Kwesie, South Korea.
The rest are Mr James Okoe Naadjie, Zimbabwe; Alhaji Abdullah Salifu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Major-General Samuel Anum Odotei (retd), Namibia; Mrs Elizabeth Mills-Robertson, Sierra Leone; Mr Donald Adabere, Mali; and Mr Daniel Kwasi Abodakpi, Malaysia.
According to President Mills, the people were looking up to the government to institute sound economic and social policies that could give them adequate opportunities to develop their talents and contribute meaningfully towards the national reconstruction effort.
He further explained that the Ghanaian electorate had become sophisticated and discerning, for which they could not be taken for granted.
President Mills said since the government would go back to the electorate in 2012 for the renewal of its mandate, it behoved it to work very hard to actualise the policies and goals of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) intended to impact positively on their lives.
He said if the NDC wanted to retain political power in the next elections , then its functionaries were duty-bound to sacrifice their comfort to ensure the material prosperity of the electorate.
President Mills congratulated the envoys on their appointment and said their performance would be judged according to the number and quality of investments they would be able to attract into the country.
A Presidential Aide, Mr James Victor Gbeho, in his submission, called on the envoys to discharge their duties to the best of their potential and abilities.
Mrs Tsegah, who spoke on behalf of the envoys, said they were poised to work hard to justify their appointments.
Author : Kweku Tsen