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Tourism Minister Commissions upgraded Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary facilities



Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has said tourism is positioned as one of the strategic pillars of the transformation agenda of the government.

She said a lot of government investments had gone into the tourism sector including; investing in infrastructure, promotion of the creative arts and the development and tourist sites across the country.

Mrs Oteng-Gyasi was addressing a durbar of Chiefs and people of Tafi Atome in the Afadzato South District, where she commissioned upgraded facilities of the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Cultural Village.

She said the government recognised the role of tourism, arts and culture in national development and its unique potential for creating jobs, providing incomes and lifting communities out of poverty.

“We have initiated a trail blazing project such as the Year of Return, Beyond the Return, see, eat, wear and feel Ghana domestic tourism campaign and have pushed and positioned Ghana as a competitive meeting incentives and events, conference and exhibition destination through the hosting of major events.”

The Tourism Minister said attractions were crucial to the operation of tourism in any area since they provided the primary pole that drew visitors to a destination.

She said the passage of Tourist sites Regulation offered the Tourism Authority desire to upgrade sites to enhance the overall quality of visitor experience to ensure repeated visitorship.
Mrs Oteng-Gyasi said under the law, all tourist sites must be registered and licensed by the GTA after satisfying the minimum requirement of governance structures which would transform the state of tourist sites and attractions and ensure confidence of the international community to visit sites.

The project, funded by the Tourism Development Fund and undertaken by A&B Construction Ghana Limited, has a receptive facility, pavilions, landscaping, pavements, washrooms, and car park and wire mesh and bamboo fence walls.

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, noted that the projects were aimed at harnessing the tourism and business potential of the District to boost the local economy and to create jobs for the young people.
He said the initiative was a great one since tourism was a pillar in the Ghanaian economy and was expected to contribute to the economic transformation and growth through tax, revenue and stimulation of the local economy.

He said the Region was regarded as the hub of tourism in Ghana as it had everything that other regions did not have.

“Indeed, tourism in the Volta region has grown in all sectors especially in the hotel and restaurants sub-sector and some improvements in the quality delivery. The participation of local communities in the conservation of our natural resources for ecotourism has also been tremendous.”

He said the government was committed to the growth and development of tourism and therefore needed the support of a strong private sector to make it possible.

The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary covers an area of 387sq kilometres and serves as a home for a total of 300 True Mona and Patas monkeys that inhabited the forests over 600 years and many birds and butterfly species.

Mr Akwasi Agyeman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ghana Tourism Authority, said they were upgrading lots of tourist sites under the Ghana Tourism Development Project, funded by the World Bank or the Tourism Development Fund initiative.

“Further upgrades are planned in the coming months as we refocus attention on Domestic Tourism promotion. The GTA had a mandate to market and promote tourism in Ghana.”

He said since the coronavirus pandemic struck, the Authority had strategized in the “new normal” to achieve market success and the focus was on developing domestic market potential through product improvement and market promotion.

Mr James Etornam Flolu, Afadzato South District Chief Executive (DCE), said the project came in, when the District and its people had identified tourism as “the new gold for our District.”

He said the District with 14 tourist sites deemed it fit to invest in tourism to enhance the economic potential and other sites to benefit from similar development projects and upgrades.

“We started a project recently called explore Afadzato South, which is meant to promote, design and project all tourist sites in the District” adding that his mandate was to enhance the economic potential of the District and to make sure government’s agenda was equally championed.

He urged the people of Tafi Atome and Afadzato South to vote for the New Patriotic Party (NPP)in the December polls to invest in tourism and development.

Some of the tourist sites in the District include; Mountain Afadza and its enclave, Snake zoo and Agbom waterfalls among others.

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All set for the grand finale of MTN Hitmaker Season nine



After several weeks of thrilling and exciting performances, four contestants have made it to the finals of the MTN Hitmaker Season nine set for Saturday, November 28, 2020.

Last weekend stage performance was the sixth for this season as three contestants Bryan, Mimi, and Josh Blakk were evicted from the show joining the likes of RBJ, Mimi, Nessa Cute, Kwacy Boat, Jimi and Pashyn who have already been evicted.

However, Achiaa, Gabi Nova, Adepa and Kobby Tuesday have made it to the finals having received the highest marks on the voting chart in addition to scores from the judges.

Adepa has been one of the standout performers in this season’s contest with some consistent stages performances as well as remarkably stagecraft.

Sensational vocalist Gabi Nova who has featured in the previous season finally gets a chance in the finale and would be looking to edge his fellow contestants to win the prize package.

Kobby Tuesday who probably the surprise package in this season’s competition and has delivered some remarkable performances and would be a strong contender for the ultimate.

Achiaa on the other has improved in her recent performance having struggled in the initial stage performance and looks a good music prospect and could surprise music-loving fans by winning the ultimate.

This year’s music reality show under the theme “Unlock your flow” started with 12 contestants but only one out of the remaining four finalists would win the ultimate of GH¢120,000.00 recording deal.

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Dr. UN narrates how he was released from police custody



Kwame Owusu Fordjour, popularly known as Dr. UN, has revealed how he was released from police custody.

Some weeks ago, Dr. UN was arrested and put behind bars over a fraudulent awards scheme he organized some years ago.

This comes after he succeeded in swindling several high-profile personalities in the country including musicians and government officials.

But speaking in an interview with Angel FM, Dr. UN detailed how his lawyer worked hard and pleaded for him to be granted bail.

“My lawyer and I pleaded for bail because no matter how big you are, you will be humbled when standing in front of a judge at the court,” he stated.

According to Dr. Fordjuor, he has effortlessly won the admiration of several Ghanaians for being courageous.

Click on the link below to watch the video.

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Vote Akufo-Addo, his ambulance was there for me when I had an accident – Samini



Celebrated reggae/dancehall artiste Samini has reiterated his call on the electorate to vote for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 7 elections because the ambulances he brought into the country saved him while cycling.

Sharing his experience in a video endorsing the President for another four years, the forever hitmaker said: “The other day I was cycling and I had a little accident and we actually had a designated ambulance with us.

“We cycled all the way from Sogakope to the Mole national park, I had to stop at Dambai. The rationale here is that I don’t know when in Ghana’s history where we could have ambulances like that so we could have one designated to us.

“But for that ambulance, I would have had a serious problem and I have a scar to show [pointing to the corner of his left eye] but there was an ambulance and it took care of me right there and then before they took me to the hospital.

“The ambulance is something I’ve heard of and I’ve experienced it and so I know if something is happening in some remote corner at least one ambulance is going to get there”.

Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 28 January 2019, commissioned and presented 307 new, state-of-the-art ambulances to the National Ambulance Service, in fulfilment of his 2016 campaign pledge.

The 307 ambulances were fitted with advanced life support equipment and tracking devices, and distributed to 275 constituencies, i.e. 1-Constituency-1-Ambulance, to be managed by the National Ambulance Service, and the remainder of 32 ambulances to the headquarters of the Service.

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