INDEGENOUS LANGUAGES MUST BE PRESERVED FOR ARCHIVAL PURPOSES

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, has stressed that efforts should be made by all and sundry to document indigenous  languages and Cultural expression of Ghanaians for archival purposes, such that  generations yet unborn would  appreciate their historical origins.

He underscored that from the UNESCO’s point of view, linguistic diversity was increasingly threatened globally, as more indigenous languages would gradually become extinct on earth, if concerted efforts were not taken to tackle the issue head-on.

Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, made these remarks during the celebration of the International Mother Tongue Day, Dubbed ‘SANEGBAA’ organized by the Bureau of Ghana Languages, on the 21st February, 2020, in Accra, under the theme: Indigenous Languages Matter for Development, Peace Building and Reconciliation.

Hon. Dr. Ziblim Barri, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Gusheigu Constituency in the Northern Region, indicated that globally there were about 7, 000 Languages out of which about 50, excluding dialects were dominant in Ghana.

According to him, it was for these reasons that it became imperative for government to promote indigenous languages as a vital resource for the transmission of indigenous knowledge from generation to generation.

The acting Director of the Bureau of the Ghana Languages, Mr. William Boateng emphasized that his outfit, is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, was responsible for the development of Ghana’s languages and organized the programme to educate and whip up public interest in the speaking of their mother tongue nationwide.

On his part, the Managing Director of Insight News Paper, Mr. Kwasi Pratt Junior, said the general populace in the country had the onus to explain to the political class the societal ills affecting them which needed to be urgently addressed.

He used the occasion to commend Peace FM media station for its commitment in the promotion of Ghanaian languages through its Akan language contents programmes.

 The former Chairman of the National Media Commission, Nana Kwasi Gyan- Appenteng, called on the Bureau of Ghana Languages to help monitor the use of Ghanaian languages in the broadcasting of political discussion on the media space.

He described a report by the Media foundation for West Africa, which indicated that excessive usage of mother tongue had the tendency to create tension, since people were comfortable speaking their mother tongues.

Present at the function were some Academia in the promotion of Mother tongue languages, as well as the Representation of some school children within the Greater Accra Region.

PATRONISE MADE IN GHANA CHOCOLATE

The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, entreated Ghana’s citizenry countrywide to endeavour to patronize the made in Ghana chocolate brand.

According to her, Ghana chocolate, when properly consumed and well patronized, had a significant health benefit which would invariably lead to the economic transformation of the country.

Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, made these remarks during the Chocolate day celebration on the 14th of February, 2020, on separate occasions, when she presented Hampers of Chocolates to some Ghanaian media outlets such as the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and the Graphic Communication Group Limited.

  Hon, Barbara Oteng, said her outfit was embarking on a marketing Campaign dubbed SEE GH, WEAR GH, EAT GH, and FEEL GH, which were campaign initiatives  boosting both the domestic and international tourism of the country.

She said the citizens in the country should, as a matter of priority, also patronize made in Ghana Products, since it had the propensity to spur the economic growth of the country.

This, she said, would translate into employment opportunities for the Ghanaians in the Tourism Value Chain landscape.

A News Anchor of the GBC, Mr Danny Clerk, who received the Chocolate on behalf of the Management Body, thanked Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi for recognizing the contribution of GBC in its quest to promote tourism in the country.

The Managing Director of the Graphic Communication group Mr. Atto Afful indicated that the Graphic Media group had an agenda to promote Ghana’s tourist attraction sites for the betterment of Ghanaian people.

He charged the Minister of Tourism to ensure that subsequent major activities of the Ministry such as the year of Return event would be replicated across the country, and further expressed his willingness to aid the Tourism Minister’s efforts to promote tourism both locally and internationally with the Graphic Media group.

Mr. Affull, also commended Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi for generously gifting Chocolates to his outfit.

 As part of the Chocolate day event, the Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, also delivered a presentation on the floor of Ghana’s Parliament on the need for all and sundry in the country to endeavour to patronise Ghana’s Chocolates, since it had health benefits when consumed, and thereby improved on the economics of the country.

Meanwhile, the Chocolate day event was climaxed at the Alisa Hotel of which the Erstwhile Minister of Tourism during President Kufuor’s administration, Mr. Jake Obestebi- Lamptey and a host of other practitioners in the tourism sector were eulogized for their immense contribution to the growth and development of the tourism in Ghana.

Present at the function were some senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Staff of the Ghana Tourism Authority, as well as stakeholders and Practitioners in the Tourism sector in Ghana.

BARBARDOS DELEGATION PAYS A COURTESY CALL TO THE TOURISM MINISTER

An official delegation from the Republic of Barbados led by the Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Hon. Kerrie Symmond, (MP) and the Minister for Creative Economy, Culture and Sports for the Barbados Republic, Hon. John King, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng –Gyasi, at the Tourism Ministry, on the 20th February, 2020.

The visit was at the behest of the bilateral cooperation between Ghana’s Government under His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, and the Government of Barbados, when the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley, visited Ghana last year to explore areas of mutual benefit between the two countries.

 Briefing the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Kerrie Symmond stressed that his team were in the country to cement the bilateral agreement assented to by the government of Ghana and the government of Barbados in certain areas that were beneficial to the two countries.

According to him, the bilateral agreement between the two sister countries was centered in the area of Health services delivery and included projects such as the exportation of some Professional Ghanaian Nurses to Barbados, Ghana Air Navigation with Barbados, Ghana Port Development  Project and the Tourism and Cultural promotion.

He indicated that Ghana and Barbados had some common interests which must be shared for the socio-cultural and economic advancement of both countries.

Hon. Kerrie Symmond further used the privilege to commend the President of Ghana and the Prime Minister of Barbados, for showing good leadership in their resolve to improve the lots of their respective country’s folks.

On his part, his counterpart the Minister of Barbados’ Creative Economy, Culture and Sports, remarked that his country had a deep interest to champion the Creative Arts segment and the Cultural promotion between Ghana and the Barbados.

 

In her response, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi, stressed that the Ghanaian government had an unwavering commitment to change the dynamics of Ghana’s economy.

This was reflected in President Akuffo Addo’s view that, if the Tourism sector was given much needed attention and the right capital was injected into the Tourism infrastructure, it could significantly transform Ghana’s economy.

This, she said, could create a significant number of employment opportunities for Ghanaians in the tourism value chain sector.   

Hon. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi, noted that Ghana had a huge interest in the area of Film and Music Production, given that the sector is a Multi-Billion Dollar economy, and would take any necessary actions in her capacity to improve the Creative Arts sector, such that the Practitioners could compete internationally.

She recalled a previous successful joint project between Ghana and Barbados, where the countries partnered to cast a Movie production entitled the Joseph project, which was premiered during the Year of Return event, last year.

Hon. Oteng –Gyasi hinted that government had launched the Beyond the Year of Return Project. This project, according to her, is anchored to Citizenship acquisition for the Diasporas interested in possessing Ghanaian citizenship; Investment facilitation for the Diasporas willing to invest in the Ghanaian economy; Diaspora Village for those interested in owning properties in Ghana; and lastly the facilitation of Trade and Commerce.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri pointed out that the Ghanaian government, under Nana Akuffo Addo’s visionary leadership, would continue to deepen the bilateral relationship that existed between Ghana and Barbados and the rest of the world, for the common good of its citizenry.

Present at the Function were the Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, (MoTAC) Alhaji Abdullai Yakubu, the Human Resource Director of MoTAC, Mr. Vitus Otto, Langmagne, the Acting Director of Research Statistics and Information Management, Mrs. Mabel Cudjoe, A Deputy Director at the Finance and Administration Unit, Mrs. Memunatu Amuquandoh and other officials of the Ministry.

A TEAM OF OFFICERS FROM THE NIGERIA MILITARY DEFENCE COLLEGE PAID A COURTESY CALL ON GHANAS TOURISM MINISTRY ON 13TH FEBRUARY, 2020.

 

A High Ranking delegation from the Nigeria Military Defence College numbering forty (45) in personnel and led by the Air Commodore Kehinde Adebayo, paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on 13th February, 2020 in Accra.

 

The delegation was received by the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Honourable. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri.  

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Briefing the Hon. Minister, Air Commodore Kehinde Adebayo gave the rationale as being on a study tour, which is part of an assessment for Senior Military Officers in the Nigeria Defence Staff College to undertake before their passing out. D

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He intimated that his team was also in the country for strategic reasons which anchors on exploring tourism prospects in Ghana, given the significant success chalked in the Year of Return programme organized by the Tourism Ministry.

 

Air Commodore Adebayo, stressed that The Year of Return" event was a major success for Ghana, and therefore, there was an ample need for the Nigeria Government to draw useful lessons from it in their quest for organizing similar programmes in the future.

 

He said the Ghana Government under His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has shown good leadership and innovative ways in turning the economic fortunes of Ghana’s tourism Sector, through the Year of Return concept and other polices targeted to boost the tourism sector in Ghana.

 

Air Commodore Adebayo, used the occasion to commend the Sector Minister for Tourism, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, and her able team in making significant strides in the Ghana’s Tourism landscape.

 

On his part, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, also commended the Nigeria Military delegation for chosing Ghana for their study tour, particularly the interest shown in our country and the appreciation of the changes taking place in the industry.

 

He said Ghana and Nigeria share a lot in common in terms of political History, and, therefore, both countries must endeavour to sustain the relationship, for the sociocultural and economic benefits to be evident.

 

Hon. Ziblim Iddi Barri, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Gushegu Constituency in the Northern Region, stressed that Ghana’s DNA is very much integrated to the rest of the African countries and recognises that the country cannot achieve its tourism development agenda, unless it is linked to the rest of African.

 

He underscored that the Government of President Nana Akufo Addo, through his visionary leadership had positioned the tourism Sector to be the centre stage of his economic transformational agenda, hence, its elevation to the rank of a Cabinet status.

 

Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi, further disclosed that Government has taken another bold step to launch Beyond the Year of Return concept, which anchors on Investment facilitation for the Diaspora, in the areas of trade facilitation, citizenship acquisition and establishing a Diaspora Village which are yet to be officially out-doored.

 

A Deputy Director in charge of Budget, Mr. Gabriel Tandoh, took the team through an insightful presentation on tourism attraction sites and prospects that the country holds for the Tourism sector.

 

At the end of the presentation, the leader of the delegation and his team expressed their delight for exposing them to such great wealth of knowledge.

 

Present at the ceremony, were the Chief Director of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu, the Acting Director of Research and Information Management, Mrs. Mabel Cudjoe and the Public Relations Officer of the Tourism Ministry, Mr. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik.

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