President John Mahama
President John Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has expressed optimism that the prudent economic measures being taken by the government will produce a strong and resilient economy next year.

He conceded that while the economy had faced challenges this year, it had started producing some positive results because of the work being done by his team.

The President said this when he inspected progress of work on the headquarters building of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) in Accra.

Work on the GHc12 million headquarters is being funded by the government from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).

When completed, the headquarters will comprise a secretariat and a 400-seater auditorium for seminars and conferences.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

During his Presidency, the late President John Evans Atta Mills had pledged to sponsor the construction of the headquarters for the GAAS to provide the academy with a permanent office complex.

Currently, the academy is a tenant of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Accra.

In October 2012, President Mahama cut the sod for the construction of the GAAS headquarters.

Economy

President Mahama said members of his team would continue to work more aggressively next year to increase the pace of growth of the economy.

He said by 2015, the economy would have been more resilient.

“By 2014/2015, things will be normal; the challenges will be overcome; we will see light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

President Mahama lauded the GAAS for the education it was giving to Ghanaians.

He expressed the preparedness of the government to collaborate with the GAAS to promote its activities.

Meanwhile, he asked members of the GAAS to let the government know the challenges facing the academy for action to be taken on them.

GAAS

The President of the GAAS, Prof Francis Allotey, underscored the need for effective collaboration between the government and the academy.

He said the construction of the headquarters would give the academy a permanent place for all its activities and thanked the government for funding the project.

Later, while interacting with journalists, the Honorary Secretary of the GAAS, Prof Ralph Mills-Tettey, who is also the consultant on the project, said on completion, it would provide a permanent avenue for the GAAS to hold its programmes.

He said the academy would also rent out the conference and seminar rooms to the public.

Source Daily Graphic

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