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19.09.2005 Diaspora News

Ghana Union in Middlesbrough Get-together

By GHANA HIGH COMMISSION, LONDON

LET'S REMAIN STEADFAST IN OUR RESOLVE TO DEVELOP THE NATION – SAYS GHANA'S ENVOY TO THE UK

Mr. Isaac Osei, Ghana's High Commissioner to the UK has urged Ghanaians in the Diaspora to remain steadfast in their resolve to help develop the nation.

He recognised that Ghanaians living abroad were already making significant contributions towards the reconstruction of the nation and stressed that the desired progress could only be achieved through the collective and sustained efforts of all Ghanaians.

The High Commissioner made the observation in a speech read for him at the fourth annual fundraising dinner dance organised by the Ghana Union of Middlesbrough and Darlington. The statement was read on the High Commissioner's behalf by Mr. Emmanuel Bani, Minister for Finance at the Ghana High Commission, London.

The Ghana Union in Middlesbrough holds the get-together annually for its members to socialise, forge links with their compatriots living in other parts of the UK and raise funds for charitable causes both in Ghana and the UK.

Dignitaries present at the event included Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, Director-General of the Ghana Health Services; Dr. Sam Debrah, Chairman of the Middlesbrough Union and his vice Dr. George Bray; Maurice Dezou, Black & Ethnic minority Representative on the Strategic Partnership for Middlesbrough Council and Mr. Daniel Kyei, Counsellor for Finance at the Ghana High Commission, London.

The High Commissioner described the Union as one of the most progressive and dynamic Ghanaian Associations in the UK in the light of the award-winning donations they made towards the Mission's charity programmes over the two past years.

Mr Osei dwelt at length on progress made in the various sectors of the economy and stated that the NPP government's commitment to deepen transparency and entrenched democratic governance was amply demonstrated by its commitment to pass the freedom of Information and the Whistleblower's bills.

In his welcome remarks, Dr. George Bray disclosed that the Union had surmounted the teething problems which confronted the Union in the past and revealed that the Union supported several charities during the year including the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Appeal and the Breast Cancer Appeal, UK.

He explained that the Union was evolving strategies to enhance the provision of social support for its members and strengthen its links with other Ghanaian associations across the UK and the Ghana High Commission.

Maurice Dezou used the opportunity to unveil “the Gap”, a newsletter for the black and ethnic minority population in the Teeside. He expressed the hope that members of minority groups living in the Tees valley would use the medium as a platform to highlight their contribution to the sustenance of the British economy.

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