BURIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE LATE DR. ROBERT NII DJAN DODOO TO GOVERNMENT
The Head of Civil Service, Nana Agyekum Dwamena, the Chief Director, Mrs. Cynthia Asare – Bediako, and two members of the Civil Service Council, Mrs. Margaret Kutsoati and Mrs Milly Quansah, led a delegation of family members to formally announce the passing and burial arrangement of the late Dr. Robert Nii Djan Dodoo, the Chairman of the Civil Service Council and former Head of Civil Service to the President.
The delegation was received by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Johnny Osei Kofi, the Executive Secretary to the President, Ambassador Kwesi Quartey and Mr. Tusoe, the Chief Director of the office of the President.
Nana Agyekum Dwamena, informing the Government of the purpose of the visit, stated that “a mighty oak has fallen and that Ghana has lost an illustrious son”. Dr. Robert Nii Djan Dodoo, the Chairman of the Civil Service Council had died on Sunday, 20th December 2015. He was the longest ever served Head of Civil Service.
The head of the family, Mr. Herbert Dodoo on behalf the delegation presented a bottle of schnapps and a bottle of whisky to government as custom demands to formally announce and invite them to the funeral of the Late Dr. Robert Dodoo. The Chief Director received the drinks on behalf of the government and expressed his condolences to the family.
The Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Johnny Osei Kofi speaking on behalf of the president, expressed the government’s condolences to the Office of the Head of Civil Service, the Civil Service Council and the bereaved family.
He described the late Dr. Robert Dodoo as a man full of wisdom and an encyclopedia of the Civil Service; He recalled meeting the late Dr, Robert Dodoo at the signing of the Performance Contract by Chief Directors of the Civil Service in early 2015.
“I was privileged to have had the opportunity to witness the splendid exhibition of wisdom and professionalism in the execution of his work”. He said.
The Head of Civil Service also recounted in detail his long association and work with the late Dr Robert Dodoo. Nana Agyekum Dwamena had this to say.
“…..Although Dr, Dodoo will shout at you, he was never vindictive; he will go to any extent to seek the welfare of civil servants and shared ideas that he had with everybody. Most of all he was the brain behind many of the current reforms in the public and civil service………”
Mr Osei Kofi thanked the Head of Civil Service, and said it was important for Office of the Head of Civil Service to document the enormous contribution of Dr. Robert Dodoo and what he had done to make the Civil Service what it is today. He challenged the Head of Civil Service to take up the initiative. Ending his remarks he assured the family that government would be represented at the funeral.