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September 14, 2018 | Election News

Rubbish Kofi Annan's death will boost Ghana's tourism report - Tourism Ministry

Hon Catherine Afeku
Hon Catherine Afeku

The office of Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has refuted the media reports suggesting that the sector Minister, Hon. Catherine Afeku has said the death of Kofi Annan will boost Ghana's tourism sector.

The office's statement is in reaction to a news item published by online news portal, Adomonline.com Wednesday, September 12, 2018, claiming that the Tourism Minister had said Kofi Annan's death will boost Ghana's tourism.

The story was captioned, "Kofi Annan's death will boost Ghana's tourism - Catherine Afeku".

The statement has denied the publication insisting that no such comment has been authored by Hon. Catherine Afeku.

The statement opined that the story was just a plot to tarnish the Minister' high earned reputation as a hardworking Minister.

The statement emphasized, "The Minister didn’t in any way attempt to translate the death of our illustrious son, Kofi, as a good omen that has become a blessing to our tourism industry, like how the headline of the story on adomonline.com mischievously portrays".

The statement explained, "The Minister in responding to a question from the journalist on the benefits of the funeral of the late UN Chief Kofi Annan to our tourism industry mentioned that the display of our rich culture at the event which is being attended by hundreds of delegations and dignitaries from across the world, ranging from incumbent and past Heads of States and Governments, incumbent and past iconic officials of the UN, Commonwealth, AU, ECOWAS and other diplomatic institutions as well as other global icons, will help export a cherished intangible asset like our culture".

The statement has therefore entreated the general public to listen to the attached audio on the said story and urged to disregard the headline of the story as mischievous.

Below is the full statement
Re - Kofi Annan's death will boost Ghana's tourism – Catherine Ablema Afeku

The attention of the office of the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Ablema Afeku, MP has been drawn to a story carried on the online portal of Adom FM with the above headline which in totality misrepresents statements made by the Minister in an interview granted the said media house earlier.

The Minister in responding to a question from the journalist on the benefits of the funeral of the late UN Chief Kofi Annan to our tourism industry mentioned that the display of our rich culture at the event which is being attended by hundreds of delegations and dignitaries from across the world, ranging from incumbent and past Heads of States and Governments, incumbent and past iconic officials of the UN, Commonwealth, AU, ECOWAS and other diplomatic institutions as well as other global icons, will help export a cherished intangible asset like our culture.

The Minister didn’t in any way attempt to translate the death of our illustrious son, Kofi, as a good omen that has become a blessing to our tourism industry, like how the headline of the story on adomonline.com mischievously portrays.

The outfit of the Minister will entreat the general public to listen to the attached audio on the said story and disregard the mischief carried in the headline of the story which obviously is couched to harm the public appeal of the hardworking Minister.

We will also like to extend our condolences to the family of the late Kofi Annan, his country Ghana and the world at large.

Signed!
The Office of Hon. Catherine Ablema Afeku, Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Minister

Source: Daniel Kaku

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