Outrage over Ghana Award House

Many Ghanaians on Twitter seem not to be happy with the construction of an administrative office for the Head of State Awards Scheme. This follows the cutting of sod by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, April 7 for the construction of the project, which is to be completed in 36 weeks at a cost of GH¢5 million. Ghana will be the second country in Africa, after Kenya, to have its own administrative office for such an award, which runs on the same lines as the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards. During the sod-cutting ceremony, President Akufo-Addo explained that since its inception in 1967, the Head of State Award Scheme has challenged and touched the lives of many young Ghanaians, with some 750,000 young people participating and benefitting from the Scheme. “I have always been excited about the work being done by the Award Scheme, and that is why I continue to urge them to ensure that as many young Ghanaians as possible benefit from it. To achieve this ambitious target, a befitting administrative office for the Scheme will be required. The provision of a Ghana Award House, to serve this purpose, is my commitment towards driving the agenda of the Award Scheme,” the President said. Once completed, the Ghana Award House project will be a two-storey office block, with a 200-capacity conference room, and training facility designed to house the National Secretariat of the Head of State Award Scheme. But the reaction on social media, particularly Twitter, over this news has not been favourable. Many condemned the initiative, saying it cannot be priority in the face of poor standard of living in many areas of the country. Others backed their resistance with images of how poor some Ghanaians are living. By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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