Tamale, Sept. 9, GNA - United States Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates cut the ribbon to inaugurate the first ever "American Corner" in Northern Ghana on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 at the Institute of Local Government Studies in Tamale. This "American Corner" is called the Ghana-US Resource Centre.
Ghana's American Corner is a partnership between the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy and the Institute of Local Government Studies, Tamale. The Ghana-US Resource Centre will provide access to current and reliable information about the US through book collections, the Internet, and through local programming to the general public. The resource centre will serve as an information outpost similar to a public library reference service. The multi-media, book and periodical collections are free, open to the public and accessible. 12 computers with Internet access are also available for a modest fee. Associated reading or meeting rooms will be made available to host programme events and activities.
The US Embassy donated 66,675 dollars for the Ghana-US Resource Centre, and the ILGS contributed part of their campus and remodelled their facility with support from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
In her remarks, Ambassador Yates commented on the excellent partnership already established with the US Embassy and the Institute of Local Government Studies, and said, "I am confident that the Ghana-US Resource Centre will be a friendly, lively place that promotes dialogue and mutual understanding between Ghana and Americans".
Approximately 150 persons representing various section of the Tamale Metropolis were in attendance. These include the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Ernest Debrah, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Kwadwo Adjei-Darko and large delegations from the Muslim community and the academia. The Public Affairs Officer, David Queen, Information Officer, Susan Parker-Burns and Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Charles Akpalu all of the US Embassy.
The Ghana-US Resource Centre at ILGS will be open to the public Monday-Friday from 09.00 am to 5.00 pm.