The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cut the sod for the construction a Creative Arts Senior High School, to be located in Kwadaso, in the Ashanti Region.
Cutting the sod on Sunday, 1st December, 2019, President Akufo-Addo stated that “we reaffirm our commitment to the growth of the creative arts industry by cutting the sod for the construction of the very first Senior High School in Ghana dedicated solely to the industry.”
He added that “there could be no more fitting place for the siting of the first of many of such edifices than the ancient, vibrant city of Kumasi, famed for its rich pedigree of culture, music, dance, folklore and drama.”
Government, President Akufo-Addo stressed, intends to construct more of such schools across the country, so that young people, from every nook and cranny, can gain access to this kind of specialised education to improve and hone their skills in the creative arts.
“I have every confidence that this school will serve as an important beacon for many young and talented people, seeking a fulfilling career in the creative arts,” he said.
He urged leaders in the industry to make themselves available to provide guidance and inspiration to the new school, “as it takes its initial steps in order to ensure that a legacy of excellence is passed on to the younger generation within a clear and solid framework”.
It will be recalled, for the creative arts sector, the New Patriotic Party pledged to promote, at the regional and district levels, literature, music, dance and drama competitions, particularly in schools and colleges, establish a Creative Arts Fund to provide funding to modernise and develop the sector, and also establish a Creative Arts Council to co-ordinate and harmonise the various interests and fragmented associations of the sector into a well-functioning body to protect the interests of its members.
Towards the realisation of this, the Creative Arts Industry Bill has been presented to Cabinet for consideration, and, once passed by Parliament, the Act will establish the creative arts fund and an agency to promote the industry, and help Government create an enabling environment through which direct and indirect support for practitioners and the industry can be channelled.
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Earlier in the day, President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of a state-of-the-art Senior High and Technical School named after the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor.
With the school set to be completed in ten (10) months, the President commended the Ministry of Education for this admirable gesture of constructing and naming the school after the former President in his hometown of Dabaa.
Government, he explained, recognises that science, technology and technical skills rule industry, and one rules him or herself out, if they are not appropriately equipped.
“Every child must be offered the opportunity to bring out her inherent talents for innovation. It is in the laboratories and workshops that young people get the opportunity to expand their imagination, and develop the skills that would equip them for the modern world. We need to modernise all aspects of our lives, and we need skilled people to lead the modernisation process,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The President told the gathering that Government, through the Education Ministry and in collaboration with AMATROL, is equipping the country’s Technical Institutes, Technical Universities and Colleges of Education that specialise in TVET.
“Additionally, 20 state-of-the-art TVET centres, like the one to be constructed here at Dabaa, are being established across the country to make Ghana a world-class centre for skills development, and a leading country in TVET delivery in Africa. We want to emphasize the importance of TVET, and eliminate the misconception that technical and vocational education is inferior, and patronized only by less endowed students,” he added.
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Ghana has recently granted citizenship to at least 126 members of the diaspora who have been living in the country for years, according to the BBC. The decision is a part of the country's landmark 'Year of Return' celebrations which mark 400 years since the first African was sold at the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Channel Africa reports that President Nana Akufo-Addo spoke at a ceremony held this past Wednesday and said to the new Ghanaian citizens that, "You have the responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation, among the comity of nations, is, today, high." He added that relying on other countries for the development of Ghana was a "mind-set that [he wishes them] to discard, a mind-set of dependency and living on handouts".
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Ghana's 'Year of Return' is a tourist and investment initiative designed to attract the African Diaspora as 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Jamestown, Virginia. In September of last year, President Nana Akufo-Addo declared and formally launched the initiative at a ceremony in Washington D.C. saying that, "We know of the extraordinary achievements and contributions they [Africans in the diaspora] made to the lives of the Americans, and it is important that this symbolic year—400 years later—we commemorate their existence and their sacrifices."
The initiative is currently being spearheaded by The Ghana Tourism Authority, the Office of Diaspora Affairs as well as The Adinkra Group of the USA.
(Source: Okay Africa)
Nana Akufo-Addo Presents 33 Armoured Personnel Carriers To Armed Forces.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 5th December, 2019, presented a number of vehicles to the Ghana Armed Forces, in fulfillment of a pledge he made to them this year.
Presenting the vehicles at a ceremony at Burma Camp, President Akufo-Addo recounted a pledge he made to the Armed Forces on 21st March, 2019.
“I indicated, at that event, that, during the course of this year, we will provide the Army, in addition to the 138 staff and operational vehicles of various categories that had been supplied to you in February this year, with 30 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs),” he said.
The President continued, “I believe I have more than lived up to this promise, as I am here to present to you thirty-three (33) Armoured Personnel Carriers; forty-one (41) assorted Toyota vehicles; three (3) water tankers; one (1) self-loading recovery truck; one (1) refrigeration van; and five (5) utility vehicles for waste disposal and management.”
Government, he said, is constantly kept apprised of the needs of the Armed Forces, and, as the Commander-in-Chief, he is taking steps to ensure that their needs are met.
“We recognise that our vision of ensuring equitable distribution of development, progress and prosperity to all parts of the country can only be made possible in an atmosphere of peace and security. We are determined to continue in this vein, and meet the needs of the Armed Forces,” the President added.
He commended them for their outstanding performances in the recent joint security operation, KOUDANGOU, and in the on-going Operation CONQUERED FIST, which are intended to create a secure, peaceful atmosphere at the northwestern, northern and northeastern borders of the country.
President Akufo-Addo urged them to continue to collaborate with the Ministries of National Security, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Finance, and with the Ghana Revenue Authority, as well as all relevant agencies, to help maintain a resolute, robust front that will deter potential aggressors from having any thoughts of attempting to destabilise the country or derail the socio-economic gains chalked so far.
“As an institution noted for its discipline, I do not have to emphasise to you the need to pay particular attention to the maintenance of these vehicles, and to use them for the benefit of our country and its people,” the President added.
VP Bawumia Cuts Sod For 30km Sinohydro Cape Coast Inner City Roads.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has today, 21st November, 2019 cut sod for the construction of 30km Inner City Roads in Cape Coast.
The sod Cutting ceremony for the Cape Coast Inner City roads makes it the second time in this week that government is cutting sods for roads captured in the approved Lots under Phase 1 of the Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement.
The first sod cutting ceremony for the week was done for the 88km Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodopepeso road in the Oti region. On Friday, 22nd November, similar sod Cutting ceremony will be held at Nyinahini in the Atwima Mponua constituency in the Ashanti region for about 65km of roads in the bauxite-rich enclave.
Works on the 30km of roads in the communities in Cape Coast will involve drainage, earthworks and bituminous asphaltic surfacing. Under this Project, the roads are to be rehabilitated and upgraded to improve accessibility and quality of life. Communities to benefit from the project are Akotokyir, Kwaprow, Amamoma, Abura new community, English Arabic Area, PPAG area, Amissano, Besakrom, Dunkwakrom, Eyifua and Kakumdo.
Vice President Bawumia is his address gave strong indications of government’s commitment to ensure that the local content clause in the Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement that seeks to leverage a fraction of Ghana’s bauxite deposit (in value added form) for some critical infrastructure projects worth $2 billion will be strictly adhered to.
Dr. Bawumia assured chiefs and people of Cape Coast, as well as all Ghanaians that government is aware of the need to protect indigenous Ghanaian businesses while at the same time creating new opportunities for locals.
He therefore assured that the necessary arrangements have been made to protect locals in the contracts to be executed under the facility.
“I want to assure you (Nananom) that the contract includes local content that is part of the contract with Sinohydro. Local content has to be respected and it will be respected. Our labourers, our artisans and our contractors will all get work to do”, Dr. Bawumia assured.
The assurance that locals in the project implementation communities will benefit directly from the contacts was also backed by Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, Minister for Roads and Highways and H. E Shi Ting Wang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Ghana.
On his part, Osaberima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional Area expressed appreciation on behalf of the chiefs and people of Cape Coast to government for this timely gesture and asked for more.
Osaberima Kwesi Atta II bemoaned the fact that most of the aforementioned communities to be captured are not accessible to arterial and major collector roads in Cape Coast.
“The current routes are longer and unattractive to vehicle users. This project will reduce the distances and travel times involved so as to improve all weather accessibility in the aforementioned communities”, he said.
At the ceremony, the highly elated Member of Parliament for the Cape Coast North Constituency and Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Works and Housing, Hon. Barbara Asher Ayisi thanked government for listening to the plight of the people of her constituency by doing them the honour of constructing their roads.
She said, the gesture by government on the Cape Coast Inner City roads is a direct response to the numerous concerns raised by residents over the last years on the deplorable state of roads in the City.
Present at today’s ceremony were Hon. Kwamena Duncan (Central Regional Minister), representatives of Sinohydro, chiefs and people of Cape Coast as well as officials of Central regional urban roads.
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