The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture in conjunction with Ghana Tourism Authority has commissioned Tetteh Quarshie Exhibition Centre at Akuapim Mampong in the Akuapem North Municipality. The centre is situated at Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa farm, a place where it is the belief that the man, TettehQuarshie who brought Cocoa to Ghana, first planted the cash crop.
In her key-note address, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi applauded all stakeholders who contributed in diverse ways to the facelift of the facility and the program in general. She stated that “Ghana is Cocoa and Cocoa is Ghana” and that cocoa was one of the products that made the country’s name famous on the globe. She stated that the launching of the facility was meant to reminisce and rewrite the name TettehQuarshie in gold letters.
She said, currently, tourism forms a major part of most country’s foreign exchange and a source of job opportunities for its youth and that if people would like to visit the country, then we have no other alternative than to develop our tourist sites.
In his statement, the Honourable Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Eric KwakyeDarfour paid a glowing tribute to Tetteh Quarshie. He said any country that does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for. Adding that, the government of Ghana has committed huge sums of money to rehabilitate Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital. He summed his statement by saying Tetteh Quarshie deserves to be celebrated and that “if Ghana earns glorify funds for major developments and upkeep of the country then all thanks to Tetteh Quarshie”. He stated.
The CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. AkwasiAgyeman, was of the view that as part of his outfit’s mandate to reposition tourism in Ghana, especially in the pandemic era. He explained that domestic tourism has been restructured to suit the current trend through product improvements and aggressive Market promotion. Again, the refurbished site was funded by the tourism development fund, and that his outfit under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is taking pragmatic steps in the tourism industry so as to enhance systematically, all tourist sites across the country. He said the current work at the TettehQuarshie Cocoa Farm forms part of phase one of the redevelopment of the site and that phase2 would soon commence.
In his welcome address, the MCE ofAkuapem North Municipality, Hon. BarimaAsieduLarbi express happiness that the Municipal Assembly was associated with such a remarkable and historical feat. He pointed out that commissioning of the facility would boost tourism in the area and create employment avenues for the youth. He stated that the objective of the Assembly’s management was to partner with Ghana Tourism Authority to develop the various tourist sites in the area so as to convert the entire municipality into a tourism hub where people would begin to visit.
Present to grace the occasion include the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Eastern Regional Minister Hon. Eric KwakyeDarfuor, Member of Parliament for Akuapem North and Deputy Minister of Information Hon. Nana AmaDokua, MCE Of Akuapem North Municipal Assembly Hon. Barimah Awuah Sarpong Asiedu Larbi, CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, MampongheneOsaberima Kwame Otu Darteh III and the clergy.