The Minister of Transport, Dzifa Aku Attivor, yesterday welcomed the representatives of Qatar Airways, led by Yahaya Alhassan, at her office in Accra.
The visit was part of the airlines’ programmes to start operations in Ghana and to support the construction of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Village.
The project will be situated at Tampion in the Savelgu/Nanton District of the Northern Region and will provide purposeful education to needy girls when completed, to curtail the movement of girls from the northern parts of Ghana to the south in search of non-existence jobs.
The minister was pleased to be part of a programme to give a future to vulnerable girls and urged the public to lend their support to it.
‘It is the responsibility of every Ghanaian to play his part in helping our disadvantaged girls,’ Mrs Ativor said.
Mr Alhassan, also the founder Kunata Voluntary Organisation, the NGO that initiated the Qatar 2022 project, thanked the minister for embracing the airline and being part of the campaign to change the lives of the girl-child, especially head-porters popularly called ‘kayayei’.
Presenting a portrait of the Qatar 2022 Girls’ Village project to the Transport Minister, Mr Alhassan disclosed that soon Qatar Airways would be carrying passengers from the Kotoka International Airport to various destinations around the world.
Mr Alhassan described Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Sheikh Akbar Al Baker, as ‘a humanitarian who is very committed to developing the airline to bring the benefit to our girls’.
As part of its broader legacy, the Qatar State will donate the upper tier of some of its 12 stadiums to African countries after the 2022 World Cup tournament.