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Deputy Minister Inspects Work on Office Complex for Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences

Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa inspecting the project.

The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Tertiary education, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on Monday 22nd December, 2014 paid a working visit to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences one of the agencies under the Ministry of Education in Accra to inspect work on the construction of an ultra-modern headquarters office complex and auditorium.

The Deputy Minister was conducted round the project site by the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prof. Francis Kofi Ampenyi Allotey and the Honorary Secretary of the Academy, Prof Ralph Mills-Tettey.

The President, Prof. Francis Allotey, was full of praise for the President, John Dramani Mahama and the Ministry of Education for what he described as the serious and appreciable interest they have developed in providing the 5-storey office complex and auditorium and in the activities of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof Allotey indicated that when completed, this will be the biggest office complex and auditorium in the whole of Africa for an Arts and Science Academy.

The five-story project when completed is expected to be the headquarters of the premier academy founded in 1959 by the first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

According to the Honorary Secretary who is also the Consultant of the project, Prof. Ralph Mills-Tettey, the project is estimated at a cost of 11.5 million Ghana Cedis and said so far about 80% of the office complex has been completed whiles the auditorium is about 98% complete. He noted that the project when completed will comprise a 500 capacity auditorium, two conference rooms and a library facility. The auditorium will be completed by January 2015 whiles the 5-storey office complex will be completed by May 2015.

In his response, the Deputy Minister, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said he was impressed with the work so far. He said government is pleased to make history by this project. He assured that government will continue to provide what is needed for the promotion of science and research in the country.

He recalled that the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was a dream of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the successful completion of the project would be a legacy project for the country and Africa.

Hon. Ablakwa also indicated that thanks to the instrumentality of President Mahama who cut the sod for the works to begin on 2nd October 2012, the government has so far honored all of its financial obligations. Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa was also impressed with the quality of work.

He, therefore, called for more attention to be paid to the works of scientists and researchers in the country. He also appealed to the media to develop a special interest in the activities of the Academy.

The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in November, 1959 by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah with the aim to promote the pursuit, advancement and dissemination of knowledge in all branches of the sciences and the humanities.

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