The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, cut the sod for the construction of the Ghana Award House, a new administrative building for the Head of State Award Scheme, on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021.President Akufo-Addo said at the sod-cutting ceremony that the Head of State Award Scheme has challenged a number of issues since its inception in 1967.
With over 750,000 young people participating and benefiting from the Head of State Award Scheme, it has challenged and impacted the lives of many young Ghanaians. “I’ve always been enthusiastic about the Award Scheme’s work, which is why I keep urging them to make sure that as many young Ghanaians as possible profit from it.
To meet this lofty goal, the Scheme will need a suitable administrative office. The establishment of a Ghana Award House to serve this role demonstrates my dedication to pushing the Award Scheme’s agenda,” the President said. The Ghana Award House project, when completed, will be a two-story office building with a 200-person conference room and training facility designed to house the National Secretariat of the Head of State Award Scheme.
It will be constructed at a cost of five million cedis (GH¢5 million), and it will help drive growth, impact, and the effective and efficient delivery of the Award Scheme to all young people in Ghana and beyond.
The President noted that the “completion of the Ghana Award House project will put Ghana ahead of many of the countries running the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award”, and will mean that Ghana “will be the second country in Africa, after the Presidents’ Award of Kenya, and one of the few countries globally, to have its own administrative office.”
He also announced that, in support of the operation of the Award Secretariat, its operational cost will be borne by the Office of the President, under the direct supervision of the Chief of Staff.
“Vehicles are also to be allocated to the Secretariat for its use. In addition to the one-million-cedi contribution to this project, Government pledges to do what it can to ensure that the project is completed in the next thirty-six (36) weeks,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo called on individuals, corporate bodies, especially in the construction industry, to join hands and bring this project to fruition, explaining that they can donate bags of cement, blocks and other building materials in support of this project.
“Together, we can help make this project a reality. I thank all who have contributed consistently towards the success of the Award Scheme. Now is not the time to rest on our oars, but to help realize the vision of an Award Scheme that is truly self-sustaining,” the President added.