Ongoing disputes among some heads of Ghana Missions abroad and their foreign office staff have become a cause for concern for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
The President, who appear to be greatly worried about the series of impasse in Ghana missions has directed that thorough investigations should be conducted into such squabbles, and sanctions applied where necessary.
Speaking during a session with ambassadors and high commissioners who are in the country for a three-day conference on how to deepen Ghana’s foreign policy abroad, President Akufo Addo recounted receiving a number of reports on petty squabbles, turf wars and outright confrontations between some heads of Missions and their staff, which according to him is greatly undermining smooth running of the embassies.
“It has, however, come to my attention that in some of the missions, the exact opposite of my appeal is being adhered to.
“There are several reports of petty squabbles, turf wars, outright confrontations and a complete breakdown in relations between some heads of missions and their respective foreign staff offices,” the President said.
President Akufo Addo did not disclosed the affected missions, but condemned the development which he said was completely at variance with the counsel he gave them when he swore them in.
“At your respective swearing-in ceremonies, I urged you, especially the political appointees, to strive to develop cordial working relations with the professional foreign staff you will find at your duty post, for one simple obvious reason. They have invaluable experience and an in-depth knowledge that will help you discharge your duties effectively,” he said.
By ADR Daily Newdesk