Rev and Mrs. Korankye Ankrah one of the award winners.

Rev and Mrs. Korankye Ankrah one of the award winners.

Excellent Leadership Awards Group (ExLA Group), a leadership organization committed towards the empowerment of young people to contribute towards national development, has awarded 15 personalities and organizations for their outstanding contribution to national development.

The event, which was held at the law faculty auditorium of the University of Ghana, was to recognize and appreciate people, who through their service and duty, have helped move the nation forward.

Apostle Dr. Kwadow Safo Kantanka received the Platinum Award (the highest order of the ExLA awards) for contributing towards national development through industrialization.

Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, received the second highest award- the Gold Category for transformational leadership.

Reverend and Mrs. Korankye Ankrah were awarded in the Gold Category for their humanitarian service to the nation while Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong was given the gold category award for emerging as the strategic entrepreneur of the year.

Other awards include ExLA award for journalism and advocacy won by host of E.TV Ghana?s breakfast TV, Bismark Brown, ExLA peace award received by eight-year-old Angela Mensah, Ghana Peace Ambassador, David Dontoh for the Art and Entertainment and Akosua Frema Osei Opare for women empowerment.

Albert and Comfort Ocran were given the ExLA youth development award while Kwabena Yeboah received the ExLA sports distinction award.

IMANI Ghana, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and Beige Group, were also awarded in the ExLA Gold Category awards.

In the silver category, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo was given the ExLA most pragmatic staff of Legon and Daniel Baidoo took the award for the ExLA conscientious staff of Legon.

Student groups were also recognized at the function.

Daniel Osei Tuffour, Executive Director of ExLA group, in his opening remarks said, ?As multi-faceted as we are, we are led by our organizational drives to embark on a more direct avenue through which individuals who distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavour which consequentially affect the development of Ghana positively and significantly are honoured through the conferment of awards.?

Africa is one continent in the world, which is endowed with a lot of natural resources, however its development is being impeded by poor leadership, he said.

He called for a relook at leadership in Ghana and Africa and for people in authority to make a conscious effort towards initiating and rolling out favourable programmes for quality leadership.

Tuffour said the ExLA awards scheme is a vital programme, which is not only focused on mere presentation of awards to leaders but rather the structure and process of such scheme implementation.

?One positive element that distinguishes ExLA Awards from any other award scheme has to do with its scope; thus the scheme cuts across almost all leadership circles in the state thereby inspiring responsible leadership in all spheres of national life,? he said.

  By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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