President Akufo-Addo with officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and family members of the late Eudora Q uartey-Koranteng
President Akufo-Addo has praised Ghana’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ghana to the Republic of Italy, Eudora Quartey-Koranteng who died suddenly last week.
Until her unfortunate death in Rome, Italy, the late envoy also had concurrent accreditation to Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
She is said to have suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest which claimed her life.
At a meeting with the family of the deceased at the Jubilee House on Monday, the President described her as an elegant and fine lady who worked very hard to make the country proud.
“She was a very fine woman, sophisticated, elegant lady, and a hard working person,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said the news of her death came to him as a big shock because just a week earlier, she looked well and healthy when he met her in Serbia for the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement.
He however, assured the family that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would do whatever was necessary to assist in giving her a dignified burial.
The family’s delegation was led by Nana Mfodwo Kena, Konkohene of Akuapim together with two children of the late Ambassador – her daughter, Regina Ohene Asante and son, Narteh Tetteh.
Two members of the late Ambassador’s family together with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, are expected to depart from Ghana to Italy this week to complete all the necessary processes in order to bring the body of Ambassador Quartey-Koranteng to Ghana.
The Quartey and Koranteng families will be meeting with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to plan a befitting funeral for the late Ambassador.
Ambassador Quartey-Koranteng was appointed by President Akufo-Addo in 2019.
She assumed office on 11 June 2019 after presenting her letters of credence to President Sergio Mattarella, in the Italian capital, Rome.
She was noted for having improved the efficiency of the mission by introducing an effective online and passport printing system.
In one year, she had installed and operationalised the embassy’s biometric passport printing system.
The Ghanaian community embraced the new regime, recording over 3,000 online passport applications in the first month alone.
Ambassador Quartey-Koranteng succeeded Paulina Patience Abayage, after she was recalled by President Akufo-Addo to serve as the Upper East Regional Minister.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu