THE NEWLY SWORN-IN TOURISM MINISTER, HON. BARBARA OTENG GYASI, MET WITH THE MINISTRYS STAFF AND THE HEADS OF AGENCIES UNDER HER MINISTRY
The newly sworn-in Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has on the first the day of her official duty, met with the Senior Management Staff of the Tourism Ministry and Heads of Agencies under the Ministry, on two separate occasions.
The meeting was necessitated to give the affable incoming Minister, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, an opportunity to have an in-depth appreciation on the workings of Ghanas Tourism Ministry.
The supposed events took place at the Ministrys Conference Room in Accra, on the 11th of April, 2019, for the Management Staff and the 16th of April, 2019, for that of the Heads of agencies to officially ussher Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, to her new portfolio as a substantive Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
In his opening remarks during the management encounter, the Deputy Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barry, bemoaned that Ghanas Tourism Sector which abounds with diverse tourism potentials had been neglected over the years by the successive governments.
This, he indicated that upon the assumption of office by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, under the New Patriotic Party, elevated the Ministry to the rank of a cabinet status.
According to Dr. Ziblim Iddi, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Gusheigu Constituency, in the Northern Region, he stressed that the Ministry and industry players in the tourism sphere can leverage on the president commitment to the sector for the wellbeing of Ghanaian citizenry.
The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Gyasi, in her remarks emphasized that the President expects the Ministry to execute on its core mandates which would invariably translate in the achievements of the Government.
This according to her, would help advance the vision of H.E. the President of Ghanas vision of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, in the improvement of the hospitality industry for the betterment of the Ghanaian people.
Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi further outlined the prioritized areas of which she intends to engage her attention with. She indicated her passion to see to the successful implementation of the Copyright Law, the Construction of Ultra-modern theatres in the country for the production of good films.
She also promised to pay a greater attention to the practitioners in the Creative Arts Sector, since the area has a propensity to spur Ghanas GDP and also create massive employment for Ghanaians.
The Minister assured that she would also establish a Technical Directorate to supervise the activities and programs of the Creative Arts sector, and also advocate for the passage of the Creative Arts Bill into an Act.
Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi further stressed that as indicated by His Excellency the President during his SONA address, she would also aggressively pursue the upgrading of the existing tourists facilities in the country, in order to boost the country tourism returns. She also mentioned the Creative Arts Funds, which when set up would help to improve incomes of those engaged in that venture.
The Director of the Policy, Planning, Monitory and Evaluation (PPME) of the Ministry, Mrs. Olivia Opoku Adomah, indicated that since other countries in the world are able to derive the needed returns from tourism, there is every indication that Ghana with its diverse culture and attractions sites, can replicate similar example in Ghana.
A Deputy Director at the PPMED Directorate at the ministry, Mr. Reuben Kwadzofio added his voice by welcoming the honourable minister and pledge the support of all to enable her prosecute the agenda of making Ghana a tourist destination. He made her aware that the ministry has human resources that she can rely on and must trust in order for her to achieve her goal. He also suggested the need for her to also focus her attention on domestic tourism as a way boosting the tourism potential of the country.
Meanwhile, at the maiden meeting with the Heads of agencies under the ministry, Hon. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi espoused similar sentiments on how she intends to make the Presidents vision become a reality.
On his part, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Alhaji Abudulai Yakubu on behalf of the staff of the ministry and its agencies, assured Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi of his unflinching support together with the entire staff to assist her in revamping the tourism sector.
SIGNED: AHASSAN ABUBAKAR SADIK (PRO)