As part of the unwavering commitment by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Honourable Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, to further project Ghana on both the International and Local scene, inaugurated a Committee that would oversee the establishment of a Gold Museum in in the Western Region, Ghana.
According to her, the rationale behind the initiative is to further attract more tourists into the country, considering that Ghana has been mining gold for the past 100 years, yet when tourists visited the country, there was no historical trail of mining artefacts to satisfy their curiosities.
Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, made these remarks during the inauguration of a 10-Member Committee for the establishment of the Gold Museum in Ghana, under the Chairperson of Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, on the 12-March 2020, in Accra.
She said the Tourism Industry is a multi-billion industry and the fourth income earner of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and currently surpasses gold production of South Africa.
Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi indicated that when the Gold Museum is established in Ghana, given the country’s rich history in terms of Gold exploration during the slavery, tourists visiting the country can make time off to visit the Gold Museum facility and appreciate the history surrounding Gold mining in Ghana.
She charged the Committee members to live up to their bidding in choosing the most appropriate Town for the proposed Gold Museum Project to be sited in the Western part of the country.
On her part, the Chairperson of the Committee who was the longest serving CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, emphasized that, the stakeholders in the Chamber of Mines, has over the years contemplated establishing a Gold Museum and was not successful.
According to her, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi’s commitment to the realization of this initiative is a laudable one, hence all quest must be made by the stakeholders in the Gold industry in Ghana to give unflinching support to the Sector Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, to see to the realization of this well intended project.
Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, further promised to avail her expertise acquired to deliver on their mandate.
The Board Chairman of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Mr. Kwame Sowu, remarked that the Committee might not need an entirely new building or structure for the Gold Museum Project, but can liaise with some Mining Companies, to allocate some of their old mining buildings which in itself can be a source of history and artefacts to the impending Gold Museum yet to be established.
The Committee has Two Months within which to complete its work, as per the Terms of Reference assigned to them, which are catalogued as follows;
To identify a suitable town, location or piece of land to establish the Museum.
To map out plans towards the acquisition of land documents and other documents as may be necessary for the establishment of the Museum.
To advise on technical assistance to work out plans towards the execution of the project.
To liaise with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board to identify material of Historical and Archaeological value for the museum.
And the rest are:
To engage the Mining Industry for collaboration and participation.
To map out strategies to solicit funds from Corporate bodies and Private Organizations for the preparations, constructions and to equip the Museum, and the last but not the least is,
To undertake any other activity which in the opinion of the Committee, will enhance its work.
Meanwhile, the Membership of the Committee are as follows;
Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, as the Chairperson,
The Principal Tourism Officer at the Tourism Ministry, Dr. Geoffrey Tamakloe, as the secretary, while other memberships are Hon. Mireku Duker (MP) Tarkwa- Nsuaem Constituency, in the Western Region, The Executive Director, Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr. Adogla—The Chief Director, Ministry of Lands and Resources, Mr. Maxwell Boateng, The Executive Director, Obuasi Gold Fields, Mr. Robert Siaw, The Board Chairman of Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Mr. Kwame Sowu, and the The Representative of Ghana Tourism Authority Mr. Ekow Sampson.