Business News of 2014-06-17

Gov’t committed to fulfilling promises - Tourism Minister

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, at the weekend reassured Ghanaians that the government of President John Mahama is committed to fulfilling its campaign promises by the expiration of his tenure in 2016. She therefore urged the populace to patient as modalities for the commencement of projects yet to be started are finalized.
Mrs Ofosu-Agyare gave the assurance at the climax of the 80th anniversary celebrations of Have Agadevi festival, under the theme, "Agadevi at 80: Our Citizenship and Development- A Shared Responsibility."
Agadevi was institutionalised in 1933, when an unprecedented landslide calamity occurred on the Have segment of the Akwapim-Togo ranges without the community registering any casualties, and this event has since redefined and become the rallying point for the socio-cultural development of the people.
The Minister said government would redeem "Every single pledge" including the construction of a hospital at Have.
She indicated as part of the "Better Ghana" agenda development strategy, a new Police station to guarantee the safety of the people would be constructed by the end of this year, as some work has already started.
Mrs Ofosu-Agyare said some feeder and link roads in the area were being reshaped to make accessibility and layout easy.
She commended the forebears of the festival and the citizens of Have for maintaining the socio-cultural heritage, which she said were still relevant to nation building efforts.
Togbega Asemtsyra, Paramount Chief of Have Traditional Area, in an address read for him called on citizens, the Afadzato South District, philanthropists and corporate entities to come to their aid towards the completion of a community library project, town hall and offices for the traditional council.
He said it was necessary a health facility was sited at Have as the distance between the Peki and Hohoe hospitals on the main Accra-Hohoe highway was quite far.
Togbega Asemtsyra urged the people to remain steadfast about the development agenda of the area and foster unity at all times.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee, Reverend Dr S. S. Agidi giving a historical account of festival, said the rocks and boulders which fell were quarried and used in the construction of the main Accra-Hohoe highway.
He said the festival continues to rekindle the communal bonding of the citizens and serves as a platform for merry-making, sharing and harnessing resources for development.
Source: graphic.com.gh
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