GH¢1m released for tourism development

Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare(middle),being assisted by Mr Akunu Dake(left)and Nana Bright Oduro-Kwarteng(right) to cut the tape for the commissioning of the secretariat.Photo.Ebo GormaThe government has released GH¢1million to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, to enhance the tourism potential of the country.

To this end, a Tourism Development Fund Secretariat, established to ensure judicious use of the money, was yesterday inaugurated at Kawukudi, near the 37 Military Hospital and within the premises of the Bureau of Ghana Languages in Accra by Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, the sector Minister.

She assured Ghanaians that the fund would be transparently managed to make the tourism industry more viable.

In addition, she said the fund, if judiciously managed in line with President John Dramani Mahama’s vision of building a better nation, the tourism, culture and creative arts industry would create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.

She warned that any staff of the secretariat who misappropriated the fund would be prosecuted.

Tourism according to Mrs Ofosu-Agyare, has been earning an appreciable revenue for the country; hence, the need for the Ghana Tourism Authority and other stakeholders to work hard for the industry to impact positively on the economy.

She appealed to the industry players to pay their one per cent tourism levy promptly, to avoid embarrassment, since she would be leading the Collection Task Force to ensure compliance.

“I will not accept any excuses from anybody. Please, let us do the right thing and be free,” she said.

The Board Chairman of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr Akunu Dake, praised the sector minister for her instrumentality in setting up the Secretariat, as well as her dedication to duty and rapport with board members and staff.

He said that the fund, to be administered by the GTA, would not be disbursed in secrecy, and whatever would be left of it, would be made public.

By Castro Zangina-Tong

 

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