The Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) in partnership with the Akosombo Textiles Industrial Company has donated 3,000 locally-made nose masks to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
The gesture was to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country, particularly within the hospitality sector in Ghana.
Receiving the items, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi expressed her delight for the gesture shown by Accra Brewery Limited and the Akosombo Textile Company, to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
According to her, businesses have overwhelmingly been impacted adversely by the Covid-19, particularly those in the value chain in the hospitality industry in Ghana.
Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, further indicated that the tourism sector is largely driven by events and social gatherings and, therefore, expressed her optimism that the Covid nightmare would be over for the tourism landscape to bounce back to its former glory.
This she said, would help to significantly boost the country’s socio-cultural and economic fortunes and enhance the living conditions of the Ghanaians.
Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, further intimated that the donation had come at an opportune time, given the unwavering commitment of H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo’s commitment, to ease some of the restrictions imposed on Ghanaians as a result of the covid 19 pandemic. The observance of the guidelines would help us a country to engage in our routine activities and thereby give room for some groups in the hospitality industry to operate as well.
She stressed that the nose masks would be channeled to the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) which is an agency under the ministry. They would in turn distribute them to local restaurants, drinking spots and some operators in the tourism value chain in Ghana.
Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, implored other well-meaning corporate organisations in the country, to also extend support to the tourism Ministry in their work to help contain the spread of Covid-19 in the hospitality sector.
On his part, Country Director of ABL, Mr Galo Rivera remarked that as part of their corporate social responsibility, his outfit planned to donate 15,000 nose masks to some government institutions in the country and tourism sector alone was earmarked to receive 3,000 of the nose marks.
Present at the ceremony were the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Bari, the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. John Yaw Agbeko, the Director of Human Resource, Mr. Vitus Otto Langmangne. Also present at the ceremony were Mr Ahmed Muhammed, a Director at the Finance and Administration Directorate of the Tourism Ministry, and the Public Relations Officer of the Tourism Ministry, Mr. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik.