- The University of Aberdeen conferred an honorary doctorate award on President John Mahama
- The award ceremony was part of the President's working visit to Scotland
- He said he considered the award as an honour for all Ghanaians for the strides made as a people
- President Mahama's presence at the Scottish Parliament was met with a boycott by some members of the minority MPs as a protest to Ghana's stance on gay
- The British High Commissioner to Ghana has condemned the attention given to the incident by the Ghanaian media
- The President was accompanied by the First Lady, Lordina Dramani Mahama and some ministers of state
The University of Aberdeen, Scotland on Friday held a special convocation at the University’s Kings College where the school conferred an honorary degree of Doctors of Laws (LLD) on President John Dramani Mahama.
The honorary award ceremony was part of the President’s itinerary on his working visit to Scotland.
In his acceptance speech, President Mahama dedicated his honorary doctorate degree to the people of Ghana.
“I consider this an honour for all Ghanaians and it is a reflection of the strides we have made as a people, both internationally and at home.” “I, therefore, dedicate this Doctor of Laws honorary degree to the people of Ghana.”
President Mahama’s convocation which is the first from a Scottish school to a Ghanaian president was also attended by a section of the Ghanaian community.
He left Accra Wednesday for Glasgow to meet with the First Minister of Scotland and visit the Scottish Parliament.
At the Scottish Parliament, the Minority MPs stormed out of the house upon arrival of the President over claims that Ghana tolerates abuses on homosexuals. They argued the presence of Ghana’s President was an affront to the gay community in their country since they respect and recognize their rights.
Meanwhile, the British High commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin has lambasted the Ghanaian media, saying the media is spending much time reporting on the boycott, which according to him is not an issue to demand such attention. He described the reportage of the incident as “a bit exaggerated and overstated”.
The President is accompanied, by the First Lady, Lordina Dramani Mahama, Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh, Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah and the Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman.