Mrs Dzifa Abla Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, has urged Ghanaians to celebrate and appreciate each other’s culture. Mrs Gomashie, 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 industry”. 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 each other.
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 calories. She reminded 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 Authority. Mrs Gomashie 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 country. 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.