Saturday, 23 December 2017

Dr Kofi Mbiah celebrated

 Adnan Adams Mohammed

Image result for Dr. Kofi MbiahPlayers in the maritime industry have celebrated Dr. Kofi Mbiah’s contribution to the industry and country.

They also bade farewell to Dr. Kofi Mbiah for the selfless service he had rendered to the country and the Maritime Industry as a whole which is worth emulating.

At an impressive and well-patronised event held in the honour of the man considered to be arguably the longest serving CEO of a state agency, lots of dignitaries including the former Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Richard Anamoo and the Executive Director for the Center for Maritime Law and Security, Dr. Kamal-Deen Ali paid  glowing tributes in honor of his dedicated service to Ghana.

“Dr. Kofi has been a very good gem. And for those of us who have been in the maritime industry, it has been lovely working with you and I say congratulations, well done. Whatever is going to be done in the industry whether in law or physical assets, not only in Ghana Shippers’ Authority but the entire maritime industry in Ghana, I believe your name will remain solid. Congratulations to you and your family”, Richard Anamoo said.

So as a maritime lawyer and navy officer, I request that beyond celebrating Dr. Mbiah’s footprints, we are actually celebrating his sea waves, we are celebrating his sea prints, something that very few people can always have,” Dr Kamal Deen declared.

There were also solidarity messages from maritime players in Nigeria who described Dr. Mbiah as a gem in the maritime industry due to the vast experience and service he has devoted his life for.

They said Dr. Mbiah is someone who is extremely intellectually sound and a pillar of not only the maritime industry but a son of Africa.

They described Dr. Mbiah “as an intellectual to the core especially in the maritime sector because he has represented this country (Ghana) in different areas especially at IMO.”

Also, the Ghana Shippers’ Authority officially bid farewell to the Authority’s longest serving C.E.O, Dr. Mbiah who retired from the Authority in June this year after 35 year of selfless and dedicated service.

An end-of-service send-off party was organized in honour of the man who is credited with the absolute transformation of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority.

Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Ms. Benonita Bismarck praised Dr. Mbiah who served as Chief Executive Officer for 19 years, as an asset who has served the Authority, the shipping community and the country selflessly.

She said Dr. Mbiah put the name of Ghana on the international stage especially with his feat at the International Maritime Organization where he chaired the Legal Committee for many years.

“I can only say that Dr. Mbiah put in his all and did his best for Ghana Shippers’ Authority and Ghana for that matter. Our gathering here in our numbers to celebrate him is ample testimony to his effective work as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Mbiah’s name had become synonymous with Shipping in this country and we say this in his honor,” she acknowledged.

Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Authority, Stella Wilson Agyapong conveyed the gratitude of the board to Dr. Kofi Mbiah for his enormous contribution to the transformation of the Authority.

According to her, the Authority is positioning itself to play a major role in government’s one-district-one-factory programme and will require Dr. Mbiah’s expertise to enable it carry through that agenda.

His strategic management mission has seen transformation in the area of promoting and protecting the interest of shippers in line with the changing trends in the global environment of shipping.

Over the period, Kofi Mbiah has served in collaboration with the board and members have crafted strategic plans as core instruments in harnessing the organizational capabilities competences and resources in delivering quality services to shippers across the country,” she noted.

Dr. Mbiah called on the staff and management of the Authority to lend the new Chief Executive Officer their unalloyed support to enable her succeed.

He charged the staff of the authority to exhibit honesty and avoid practices that won’t auger well for the Authority.