By Amansan Radio Reporter, NY
The Ahenfie Association of Tracy Towers, a renowned polyethnic self-help association of Ghanaian descend presented a beautiful plaque to the out-going Ghana’s Consul General to New York–Hon. Bernard K.B Quantson to say “good-bye” at a colorful and solemn ceremony on Thursday 26th October, 2017 at Tracy Towers–Bronx, New York. The event was that double-edged knife the association used to slaughter two cows in the sense that the group utilized the occasion to formerly congratulate and welcome the newly appointed Consul General– Prof. Samuel K. Amoako to New York as he succeeds Mr. Quantson.
Delivering his opening speech at the Tracy Towers auditorium in the Bronx, Mr. Addae Kwarteng, the President of the association eulogized the meritorious works of the our-going official. That, he has been very supportive to the Ghanaian Community and readily avail himself to them anytime they knock at both his official and residential doors to either seek advice or deliberate on any issue pertaining to the welfare of a Ghanaian in particular, or Ghana as a whole. He rendered his undiluted and undivided appreciation and wish Hon. Quantson all the ingredients of good luck in his future engagements.
In his farewell remarks, emotional Hon. Quantson extolled the virtues of the Tracy Towers-based Association for their quest for “Unity” and continual strive to remain “Together” to champion their welfare agenda. He stated that these attributes made it “easy for me to work with you…but not that because I had done something unique”, as he praised the gathering and extended it to other Ghanaians and Associations in New York and its environs. He admonished the audience to be law abiding at all times and refrain from nefarious acts that might pitch the laws against them.
Touching briefly on a recent social media video purportedly indicting officials of the Ghana Consulate in New York of misappropriations, Hon. Quantson stated that the contents of such video are outmoded ones being recycled to look new because those allegations were investigated and dealt with “longtime ago”. He opined that “democracy is expensive” so people should do due diligence and ponder over their actions to see if it glorifies only their parochial interest or that of others too before posting on social media. At the tail of his remarks, he joked that being replaced by an astute Professor strikes his consciousness that the seat he had occupied was one of the Government’s strategic diplomatic tentacles with its peculiar challenges. He however expressed his gratitude to all stakeholders for their diverse contributions toward his successful duty tour.
Mr. Addae Kwarteng on behalf of Ahenfie Association of Tracy Towers presented the crafty farewell plaque with citations and an envelope he nicknamed “token” for some cartons of Pure-Water when he gets to Ghana.
Some dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony were Hon. Prof. Samuel K. Amoako (the in-coming Consul General), Ms. Anita Opokua, Nana Denkyi, New York State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey of 36th Senate District, Mr. Adu Gyamfi, Elder Samuel Dankwah, Mr. Anthony Badu, Evangelist Papa Shee and other Executives.