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RETURN STOLEN CULTURAL ARTEFACTS

The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Mark Okraku-Mantey, has stated an urgent need to repatriate and restitute cultural artefacts, film and intangible cultural heritage of Ghanaian origin held in Western European nations.

 According to him, several negotiations have taken place for the return of these cultural objects outside the country, with their exact locations yet to be known, the demands, however, have been denied or ignored.

 “There are about 46,000 of 90,000 African cultural objects that Europeans acquired on the continent between 1885 and 1960 now under the custody of the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris”, the Deputy Minister added.

 Hon Mark Okraku-Mantey made this statement during the inauguration of a twenty-two (22) member Ghana Focal Team on Reparation and Restitution of Illegal Trafficked and Stolen Cultural Heritage and Artifacts in Accra on Tuesday, 12th April 2020. The Team, chaired by Prof. Kodzo Gavua of the University of Ghana, has the following as its Terms of Reference: Be the liaison between the public and the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture on the issue of restitution and reparations, identify and support researchers to elicit data that will support the government's call and demand for restitution and reparation, prepare Ghana’s case for restitution of cultural heritage assets and reparation for consideration and action by the government, work with researchers and the media to embark upon public outreach programmes that will garner support for the government to demand restitution and repatriation. It is also to collaborate with the Ghana Heritage Committee and mandate state institutions such as the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), the Security Services and the Judicial Service to minimize the illegal acquisition and trafficking of Ghana's cultural heritage assets. 

 Hon Mark Okraku-Mantey added that the ministry would lend its support to the team and implore citizens to offer the same to enable the team to meet their mandate.

 Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Diallo Abdourahamane, from the UNESCO Country Office, congratulated Ghana on the decision to reclaim its lost and stolen cultural artefacts following the 1970 convention of UNESCO that prohibits the illicit import, exports and transfer of ownership of cultural properties acknowledging neighbouring African countries like Mali, Nigeria and Benin who have done the same.

He noted that, even as actions are being taken to return these artefacts, there is the need to prepare well-structured and constructed Museums to house them and assured the focal team of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO's) full support.

 Prof Kodzo Gavua from the Department of Archeology, University of Ghana indicated that there would be a need for the general public as well as researchers to re-access and reinterpret these artefacts to evoke positive images of the African identity and also inspire the youth and give them a future.

 He added that there is a need to rethink and conceptualize the kind of museums the country would need.

 He also urged the media to play their role strategically, such that they will not only provide coverage but play active roles to ensure they disseminate information to the public.

 The members of the team include Madam Janet Edna Nyame, Mr Richard Commey Fio, Miss Josephine Ohene-Osei, Mr Christopher Wetcher, Mr Kofi Ohene Benning, Mr Alexander Koomson, Mr William Boateng, Mr Mii Kwate Owoo, Abigail Naa Odoi, Mr George Kojo Amoah, Mrs Nelly Spio-Abadioo, Mrs Esther Esther Gyebi-Donkor, Mrs Emelia Lomo-Tettey, Mr Malik Saako Mahmoud, Mrs Mavis Kusorgbor, Mr Diallo Abdourahamane, Okotwaasua Kantamanto Oworae Agyekum III, Nana Ofosuaa Ofori-Atta Ayim, Mr Kingsley Ntiamoah, Mrs Akosua Saah Buckman and Prof Apoh Wazi.

 

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NZULEZU PROMISED GOVERNMENT’S SUPPORT TO BOOST TOURISM

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mr. Mark Okraku- Mantey, has expressed Governments commitment to support the country’s tourist attraction sites to boost tourism especially that of Nzulezu and its environs.

“There is a program set up by government to lend financial support to such a cause in order to boost the tourism potentials” he opined and assured Mr. Francis Addy, a native of NZULEZU on behalf of government to ensure that Nzulezo is one of the most visited sites.
Mr. Mark Okraku-Mantey gave the assurance when he received Mr. Francis Addy a native of Nzulezu and his team to address their concerns at his office on Friday 18th March,2022.
According to the Deputy Minister, Nzulezu is one tourist attraction site that contributes to the development of the country hence governments commitment to improve its tourism potentials to ensure an improved tourists visit and revenue for development.
Hon. Okraku-Mantey admonished Ghanaians especially the youth to build interest in finding their roots and be proud of their origin especially their local Ghanaian names without corrupting or alterations of our beautiful culture.
Mr. Francis Addy a native of Nzulezu and his team threw more light on the Nzulezu situation highlighting more on the broken-down outboard motors used to power their fishing canoes which makes it difficult for them to move and renders them inefficient at work especially in transporting tourists around to enjoy their visits.


As the major medium of transport for indigenes and tourists alike as well as remote visitors, Mr. Addy urged government to treat this concern as urgent since it is depriving communities of Nzulezu and government alike of its National benefits to cash-in on the tourism potentials of Nzulezu.
Mr. Francis Addy also a canoe carver, presented a wooden sculpture in a form of a traditional canoe and a paddle in honour of the Minister and Deputy Minister and took the opportunity to brief the Deputy Minister on the lack of funds limiting the work of artist to engage in more carving works on canoes.
He informed the Deputy Minister about his expertise in constructing power boats and can boast of about 15 -20 horse power boats over the past years and also solicited for government support to access funds to construct more to support his community.
Nzulezu is derived from the Nzema language which means “surface of water” and is pronounced originally as “nzulezo” a small town built on Lake Tadane located in the Western Region.
Mabel Delassie Awuku
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CREATE 150,000 JOBS- TOURISM MINISTER URGED NEW GTA GOVERNING BOARD

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal today tasked Hon. Seth Adjei-Baah and his team to create 150,000 new jobs for an enhanced sector.

Dr. Awal explained that before the covid, the tourism sector made 3.3 billion dollars and further clarified that 2022 must work towards receiving 900,000 international visitors for an improved domestic travel index from 300,000 to 800,000 visits to rake in cash and improve financial gains of the sector.

He made the call while inaugurating the chairman of the new governing board of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) Hon. Seth Adjei-Baah today in Accra at the conference room of the Ministry.

Dr. Awal pledged the support of his ministry for the new governing board and also put across his expectations of the board to help in realizing the 2.3-billion-dollar target for the sector in 2022.

The newly inaugurated Board Chair, Hon. Seth Adjei-Baah in his acceptance remark assured government to do everything possible to get the private sector invest in tourism to make it the number one contributor of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to him, his new task to create 150,000 jobs and also bring in 900,000 international visitors to the Ghana will be given the prominence and attention required.  

According to him, it is possible and he is confident to achieve government’s target owing to his 40 years of experience in the private sector and   an additional 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

“I will bring new innovations to the sector and ensure that tourism is put across to excite people and endear all, especially the youth to appreciate tourism. There is more money to be made” he opined.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. John Yao Agbeko took turn to welcome the management board and staff and also urged the new board of his support to ensure the realization of their targeted goals.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister, Mark Okraku-Mantey, Chief Director and Management and staff of the Ministry.

 

MABEL DELASSIE AWUKU

PUBLIC RELATIONS

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TOURISM MINISTRY TO REVIEW CULTURAL POLICY TO ACCOMMODATE MODERN DEVELOPENT TRENDS – DR. AWAL

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal has indicated that the Cultural Policy of his Ministry is being looked at for a review to accommodate modern development trends as a result of constant interaction with other cultures to meet the globalized and digital requirements for the evolution of the creative arts industry to positively impact economic growth.

According to him, the Ministry is also working closely with the Attorney General’s Department for the finalization of the Cultural Heritage Development Fund Bill to provide the necessary funding for cultural activities in the country.

Mr. John Yao Agbeko, the Chief Director of the Ministry who stood in for Dr. Awal announced this during the official launch of the Heritage Month celebration by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) on the theme: “Embracing Our Unique Ghanaian Diversity” today at the forecourt of GBC.

He commended GBC for choosing an appropriate theme which he said was in line with the Ministry’s Policy objectives of developing and upholding the Ghanaian Culture.

Lauding the efforts of GBC on the programe, Dr. Awal expressed satisfaction at the consistency of heritage month for the past seven years and entreated all Ghanaians to uphold and cherish our diverse cultural heritage for social cohesion, peace and economic diversity.

The Chairman of National Media Commission, Mr. Yaw Boadu- Ayeboafo in a short address urged Ghanaians to learn to love our traditional norms and values to help us properly develop as a people adding that China, Japan and those developed countries used their local languages to achieve development goals and targets.

The Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Professor Amin Alhassan in his welcome address thanked all stakeholders who have over the years supported the heritage month activity.

“GBC has a lot of stations that will be projecting made in Ghana products and African wears during this whole month to showcase the rich Ghanaian culture and heritage” he pointed out and further reiterated the need for all Ghanaians to get involved to make it a meaningful activity for the development of the sector.

GBC for the past seven years has devoted the month of March for the celebration of Ghana’s Heritage to remind Ghanaians of the need to uphold and cherish our rich diverse cultures.

Mabel Delassie Awuku

Public Relations

MOTAC

 

Ministry Overview

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was renamed in 2017 through Executive Instrument E.I28 Civil Service (Ministries) Instrument, 2017 by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to replace the then Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The Ministry’s policy directive is to provide a firm, stable policy environment for effective mainstreaming of Ghanaian arts and culture into all aspects of national life. This it is believed will help in ensuring the emergence of a strong, vibrant and creative environment that would help improve and advance the Tourism, Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.


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