New Foreign Ministry To Be Sited At Airport

A new office complex for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to be constructed at the site of the former International Students’ hostel at Airport junction in Accra. Construction works to be undertaken by a Chinese firm, will start next month. The project will be completed in two years. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Muhammed Mumuni, disclosed this when the Chinese embassy presented computers and accessories valued at $40,000 to the ministry in Accra on Monday. The items which included 25 desktop computers, five laptop computers and 10 HP printers are to be used by the ministry at its temporary site after the ministry’s offices was gutted by fire two weeks ago. He said the project which has been on the drawing board for some time now will be tackled with all the urgency it deserved to enable the ministry to fulfill its constitutional mandate to the people and the international community. “Currently the President is working seriously on getting a permanent location for the office for the ministry as a medium term measure while we wait for the completion of the office complex.” He said. Alhaji Mumuni commended the ambassador and the People’s Republic of China for the gesture and expressed the hope that final touches to the construction agreement will be finalized on time for the Chinese firm to start work on schedule. The Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Yu Wen Zha, presenting the items said the people of China were concerned about the tragedy that disrupted work at the ministry adding, “that is why we are here to present our widow’s mite so that you can start putting the pieces together”. He said China will collaborate effectively with the government and people of Ghana to ensure that the solidarity and bond of co-operation that existed between the two countries is strengthened further. Mr. Zha appealed to the government to expedite action on the contractual agreement to ensure that the project is completed on schedule.