Laudia Sawer, GNA
Tema, Sept 3, GNA –
Mrs Dzifa Abla Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, has
urged Ghanaians to celebrate and appreciate each other’s culture.
speaking at the 20th Anniversary launch of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority’s
(GPHA) Tourism Club in Tema, said Ghanaians could only market their culture and
traditions to the World when they celebrate and appreciate each other.
The theme for the
one month long celebration is, “Promoting tourism through maritime
She stated that
“it is important to celebrate more about who we are” adding, it was
regrettable that most Ghanaians do not celebrate and appreciate the good in
The Deputy Minister
noted that this was evident in people’s choices of foreign foods over the
Ghanaians dishes even though the local foods were nutritious and have less
Ghanaians that people visited the country because they wanted to celebrate the
traditions and culture of the country which differs from their own.
She commended the
GPHA Tourist Club for the initiative to promote tourism among staff of the
challenged GPHA to emulate examples of other ports such has Lome, Togo,, to
create a tourist conducive environment and facilities to attract people to the
Ghana’s ports and harbours.
Mr Jacob Adorkor,
Director of Port, GPHA, and founding member of the club encouraged the public
to engage in tourist activities including hiking, attending festivals and
visiting monumental sites.
Mr Adorkor stressed
that participating in tourist activities releases work tension and stress as
well as enable people to learn and share ideas with others.
Madam Mercy Akonnor,
GPHA Tourist Club President, said the club was founded in September 1996 to afford
members the opportunity to learn about the rich culture and traditions of the
Madam Akonnor stated
that over the past 20 years, club members have embarked on trips to tourists
sites in the country and attended many festivals.
She projected that
they would be visiting some ports outside Ghana including Kenya, South Africa
and Dubai to learn some of their good practices.