The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana H.E Mahamudu Bawumia has extended a goodwill message to the former president and the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) H.E Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings on his 73rd birthday.
Dr. Bawumia noted that, the former president is a nation builder for that matter asked for Allah’s divine intervention upon his life and good health to continue to help in nation-building.
“I wish the former President of the Republic, H.E Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings a happy 73rd birthday. May Allah preserve him and grant him good health to continue to help in nation-building.”
H.E Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings is a former Head of State and President of the Republic of Ghana. He is admired on the continent of Africa and internationally for his charisma, sincerity, drive, patriotism, and participatory leadership approach. He is also known for his anti-corruption credentials, and for his unwavering advocacy of social justice, political and socio-economic empowerment of Ghana’s people. He is the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a political party established in 1992 on the ethos of social democracy. In October 2010, the African Union appointed Jerry John Rawlings as the AU High Representative on Somalia to “mobilize the continent and the rest of the international community to fully assume its responsibilities and contribute more actively to the quest for peace, security and reconciliation in Somalia.” President Rawlings has also been appointed Ambassador of the Pan-African Parliament in October 2011.
The former president was awarded the Clarence Martin Medal for Support of Higher Education, and in 1994, the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award. He is the joint recipient of the 1993 World Hunger Award for transforming “his country from a condition of economic crisis to a model of self-reliance, consistently focusing on the need for increased food production.”
Jerry John Rawlings is married to Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and has four adult children. President Rawlings was educated at Ghana’s prestigious Achimota School after which he enlisted in the Ghana Air Force. He was awarded the coveted “Speed Bird” Trophy for excelling in flight and airmanship.
Among other honorary degrees, he has received an honorary doctorate in Diplomacy and Development from Lincoln University Pennsylvania; an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Glasgow. He has also been honoured by Soko University in Japan.