President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the construction of the Pan African Heritage World Museum in the Central Region will grow the local economy of the area.
According to the President, employment will be created in the area of tourism, commerce and transport among others.
President Akufo-Addo has also indicated his government’s commitment to supporting the construction of the museum at Pomadze in the Central Region.
The Pan African Heritage World Museum, when completed, according to the President, will provide a resting place for all the looted artefacts housed in foreign museums in Europe and elsewhere.
“The museum is certainly an innovative pan-Africanism project and the government is accordingly supporting its development. The precise state of the support government will provide is the subject of ongoing discussions between the executive council and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the results will be fully publicized.”
“I am glad that when completed, this project will provide education in the museum’s gallery for visitors to learn more about the history, cultures, indigenous ideals of our ancestors who demonstrated their resolve to protect our environment,” the President said.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, Akufo-Addo urged locals in the area not to be an impediment to the construction of the museum.
“I urge you, residents of the area and those within this immediate catchment area to be mindful of the fact that you will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this project, so please, do not put any impediments in the way of investors or contractors. There should be a cordial relationship among you,” he added.
The museum, which will be the biggest in Africa, was the idea of Kojo Yankah, past President of the Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST) and founder of the African University College of Communications.
The design of the Museum is shaped as a Horn which is synonymous with a trumpet which is a musical instrument often used in religious ceremonies.
It is expected to be completed in July 2023.