The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture (MoTAC), Honorable. Catherine Abelema Afeku, has said that her Ministry is focusing on expanding Tourism infrastructure in the country. This she said would allow the Sector to aggressively transform the national economy, thereby creating jobs for the teaming unemployed youth in the country.
According to Hon. Afeku, her ambition for the Ministry could be realized through the efficient implementation of the set targets by her outfit to achieve its core objectives. Hence, the wisdom and the counsel of the advisory boards is much needed to help push for that transformational agenda.
“My ministry’s mission is to create a conducive environment for sustainable growth and development of the Tourism Sector.” She assured.
Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, made these known during the inauguration of the Governing Boards and advisory agencies of MoTAC, on Tuesday the 21st of November, 2018 at Kempinski Hotel, in Accra.
She hinted that as part of an ongoing quest to boost Tourism in Ghana, her Ministry intends to execute a number of projects with the flagship project being the Marine Drive and Tourism Investment Project, which would be built on the 241 acres of land, stretching from the Osu Christiansburg Castle to the Arts Centre.
Thereafter, the ministry also intends to rolled out the following programmes such as, the Cocoa Museum at Manpong Akwapim, the Creation of the Creative Arts Fund and the construction of its edifice, the 50 GH Akwaaba Hotels which are to be built across the country in close proximity to the Tourist attraction sites, the Beach and Sanitation programmes in 11 Coastal communities and last but not the least, is the construction of the state of the Art National Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute with some satellite campuses.
Hon. Afeku admonished the chairpersons and the members of the governing Boards as a matter of principles, not to assume in any managerial functions, since it has the tendency to mare in the workings of their respective institutions. Rather, they should provide quality advisory roles to aid government and the ministry for that matter, to achieve their intended set objectives for the Tourism industry in Ghana.
She used the occasion to commend the Boards Members on their appointments as governing boards of their respective institutions.
On his part, the Board Chairman of the Bureau of Ghana Languages Mr. Ernest Boateng, on behalf of his colleagues from various boards and agencies which were inaugurated concurrentively, expressed his profound gratitude for the confidence reposed on them by the President and MoTAC and further assured them of their unflinching commitment to deliver on their mandates.
Meanwhile, out of the fourteen agencies under MoTAC, eight governing boards and three implementing units were inaugurated with the exclusion of the Ghana National Theatre and the National Commission on Culture which are to be inaugurated at a later date due to some technical reasons.
However, the inaugurated Boards and their respective members are catalogued as, the BUREAU OF GHANA LANGUAGES, with Mr. Ernest Boateng as its Chairman, while the rest of the members are, Mr. Francis Andoh, Mr. Yaw Buadu Ayeboafoh, Mr. Prince Yawson, Mad. Helen Omaboe, Mr. Constance Gladzah and Hon. Amaniampong Marfo (MP).
THE KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL PARK, has Nana Kobena Nketiah V, as the Chairman, with Dr. Zagba Oyortey, Dr. Vladimir Antwi Danso, H.E. Kwesi Quartey, Hajia Hamdatu, Hon. George Mireku Duker (MP), Hon. Martin Gyarko Oti (MP), Mr. Kwame Jantuah (MP) and Mr. Enimil Ashon as members
While the DU BOIS CENTRE has Nii Kinka Dowuona IV as the Chairman. And the rest of the members being Mrs. Philomina Sanni, Mad. Mona Boyd, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Prof. Akosua Busia, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, Mr. Alex Ababio (Castle), Mrs. Kate Quartey, Papafio and Hon. Vincent Odotei Sowah.
The HOSPITALIY, CATERING AND TOURISM TRAINING INSTITUTE (HOTTCAT) also has Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi, as its Chairman followed by the other members, Mr. Frank Apeagyei, Okatakyie Nana Anim, Hon. Alex Kofi Agyekum (MP), Mr. Akwasi Agyeman (GTA), Mad. Vida Sunkwa-Mills, Dr. Kobby Mensah, Hon. Ato Panford (MP) and Mr. Manish Nambiar.
The PROJECT MANAGEMENT UNIT’S members are as follows: Mr. Fred Frimpong as the Project Manager, Nii AdjeiTawiah as Community Relations Officer, Mr. Samuel Arhin as the Accountant, Michael Oppong Aferi, the Liaison Officer and Mad. Christine Dadson as the Office Manager.
The MARINE DRIVE ADVISORY BOARD also has the Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku (MP) as the Chairperson, followed by the other members who are Hon. Dr. Zenator Rawlings, Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuye, Hon. Mohammed Adel Sowah, Mr. Akwesi Agyman (GTA), Mr.Kwadwo Odame-Antwi, Mr. Yofi Grant, Dr. Joel Sonne and Mr. Ekow Essuman.
Whiles the PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE has Dr. Joel Sonne as the Chairman, along Mr. Akwesi Agyman (GTA), Mr. Kwadwo Odame-Antwi (GTDC), Mr. Kwame Sowu and Ms. Barbara Benissa, who are all members.
Last but not the least of the boards inaugurated is the FOLKLORE BOARD, which also has Prof. Adbulai Salifu Asuro as the Chairman, while the rest of the members are Mr. Bob Smith Nana Asaase, Mr. David Masterwille, Mr. Fred Kyei Mensah, Madam Amy Frimpong, Mr. Bice Osei Kufour, Nana Adjoa Asante and Ms. Yaa Attafuah.