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21.03.2006 Business & Finance

US sailors paint DuBois Centre


Accra, March 21 GNA - Thirty sailors from the US Navy ship, the USS Carr and volunteers from B.L. Harbert Ghana Limited on Tuesday gave the DuBois Centre for Culture a befitting face-lift by re-painting the buildings and beautifying it surroundings.

The volunteers, who started the renovation around 0900 hours were assisted with paints and other supplies donated by B.L. Harbert Limited.

The project included the re-painting of the building formerly used by Dr. N.B. DuBois as living quarters and working space during the last years of his life as well as the beautification of the surrounding areas.

The renovation project had been partially facilitated through coordination and technical assistance from the US Department of State's Office for overseas building operations.

Ms Pamela Bridgewater, US Ambassador in Ghana, and Professor George Hagan, Chairman of the National Commission on Culture were at hand to witness the exercise.

Mr Pete Pagano, Cammander of the USS Carr, said the DuBois Centre renovation was the latest in a series of community relations effort by sailors from the USS Carr on their tour through the Gulf of Guinea. He said the project would also strengthen the already existing cordial relations between the US Navy and their Ghanaian counterparts. Navy Petty Officer, Chad Keiffer hailed the effort "as a great opportunity to give back to a country that has welcome us with open arms".

The USS Carr is currently on a six-month deployment and working with the submarine tender the Emory S. Land in the waters of West Africa to develop emerging partnerships to promote stability in the Sub-Region.