City of Colombus strengthens ties with Accra

Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije (mdidle) addressing the delegationA delegation from the City of Columbus, Ohio, in the United States of America, is in the country to further deepen the relations between their city and Accra, under the sister-city relationship.
Led by Mr. Andrew J. Ginther, Mayor of the City of Columbus, the visit would afford the delegation the opportunity to discuss issues of common interest, including education, economic development and cultural exchanges for the benefit of their people.
Addressing the executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly in Accra, Mr. Ginther said the city had enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with their Ghanaian counterparts, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2015 in the United States.
He said Accra was chosen because of its tremendous improvement in the area of education and other social infrastructure and hoped the two cities could work on areas such as exchange of culture and arts to better the lives of their people.
Later in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, the mayor said his office was working with the AMA to promote exchange programmes between school children in Accra, teachers and instructors.
Asked what Ghana should do to arrest rising unemployment, Mr. Ginther said the government should build an economy that worked for everybody.
Mr. Michael B. Coleman, the former mayor of the City of Columbus who initiated the sister-city relationship commended the newly appointed mayor for his foresight to continue with the agreement.
He said he was highly enthused about the stewardship of Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, the Chief Executive of the AMA, adding that “Mr. Vanderpuije is one of the best Chief Executives in the world” having worked with him since 2015.
For his part, Mr. Vanderpuije, thanked the delegation made up of some Ghanaians resident in Columbus Ohio, for choosing the city of Accra as a partner for economic development and promotion of culture.
He said Ghanaian health professionals and teachers would tap the expertise of their counterparts in the City of Columbus, which he said is credited with best health and educational institutions.
Mr. Vanderpuije said Ghana continued to benefit from the generosity of the United States of America, citing the George Walker Bush Highway in Accra as proof.
He said the fact that there were about 35,000 Ghanaian residents in the City of Columbus, Ohio, is a testimony of the synergistic relationship between the two sister cities.
The AMA boss suggested the adoption of a Ghanaian language and taught as a subject in the City of Columbus schools, adding that will enrich the culture of the people.
Mr. Thomas Mustapha Ashong, Presiding Member of the AMA told the delegation that the assembly is composed of elected and non-elected members, comprising 141 members.


By Malik Sullemana

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