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Ghana Psychological Association honours Professor Essuman and four others

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Aug 18,
GNA
– The Ghana Psychological Association (GPA) has conferred honorary
membership on Professor Joseph Kwasi Essuman, the Association’s first President
and other four influential members.

The other four
members are: Prof Linda Dzama Forde, Dr Araba Sefa-Dedeh, Prof Koawo Edjah and
Dr Epiphania Emefa Bonsi.

The five senior
professionals were honoured for their involvement in promoting the association
and the profession.

The award was
conferred on the five at the Association’s 5th Public Lecture and Annual
General Meeting held at the British Council’s Auditorium in Accra.

Other members
who had volunteered in various capacities for the association’s activities were
also given recognitions; those who volunteered to render their services to the
public during the recent Bank crisis in the country were also commended by the
GPA Executive Board.

The event,
which registered psychologists of various sub-fields, was held on the theme:
“Attaining Quality Education: Untying the Knotty Issues”.

Dr Erica
Dickson, National President of GPA, Mrs Gifty Twum Ampofo, a Deputy Education
Minister in-charge of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET)  and Reverend Dr Nkum-Wilson, Principal of
Komenda Training College and the entire membership of the GPA present gave Prof
Essuman and his colleague awardees a standing ovation and a big round of
applause for their outstanding achievements.

A citation to
Prof Essuman read: “You remained focused, encouraged passion in colleagues to
see beyond the just ended day and remain hopeful for tomorrow. You never
relented on your work as a professional psychologist and a leader”.

GPA described
Prof Forde as a professional who demonstrated exceptional service to the
development of psychology as a discipline and a profession, adding “with your
skilful communicative competence, you have built relationships that produce
results and leave all stakeholders feeling respected and valued”.

A citation to
Dr Sefa-Dedeh also read: “Your psychological interventions and sacrifices
during tempestuous moments in Ghana’s reconciliation era, has contributed to
the piece and serenity we enjoy today”.

On the part of
Prof Edjah, the citation lauded him for serving as a scribe and an executive
member of the fledging association with confidence and hope.

Dr Bonsi’s
citation read: “Your unalloyed service and self-sacrificing spirit in executing
your professional mandate, serving on committees, and supporting
research-related activities are commendable”.

Dr Dickson paid
tribute to the awardees for their huge contributions to towards the success
story of the GPA.

Mrs
Twum-Ampofo, who graced the occasion, also expressed her appreciation to the
pioneer leaders and lauded the efforts of GPA leadership.

Dr Collins Badu
Agyemang, GPA National Vice President, said: “To be ignorant of our past and
how far we have come will make us remain as children”.

GNA

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