Ghana News Agency
Pay back what has been taken from Africa – German Engineer
News Date: 9th March 2007
A German Engineer, Prof, Rainer Veyhl has urged foreign countries which benefited from Ghana during the colonial rule to pay back some of what they have gained to the country.
Prof. Veyhl, Chairman of Gold Kuste (Gold Coast) e.v., a German based Non-Governmental organisation (NGO) said the organisation had adopted the name to whip up support for the country.
He was speaking to the Ghana News Agency at a sod cutting ceremony for commencement of work on a multi-million cedi vocational training center at Akatakyiwa Junction near Yamoransa in the Central Region.
The project was being executed by the NGO with a support from its local partners, Yamoransa community and Mfantseman District Assembly.
„It is time for colonial masters and other countries which had exploited Africans under disguise of colonial rule to pay back some of the profits they have made“, the Professor pleaded.
He stated that the NGO had mobilized 35,000 Euros in form of materials and cash for the project.
Mr Robert Quainoo-Arthur, Mfantseman District Chief Executive stated that the government had attached great importance to technical and vocational education to produce manpower for national development.
The DCE urged basic schools in Yamoransa, Akatakyiwa, and Waakrom which were close to the site to use the institute, when completed as a resource centre for JSS students where they could go and learn some trades.
Miss Vivian Etroo, District Director of Education appealed to the three communities to regard the facility as their own and contribute to its early completion and maintenance.
„Very often projects sited between two or more communities becomes no ones property and no one cares for its maintenance,“ Miss Etroo noted and added that „do not make this project to suffer that fate“.
Nana Ataapim Kweenu, Presiding Member of the Assembly commended Nana Kofi Enyin, Mpuntuhene of Yamoransa but resident in Germany for wooing Prof. Veyhl and his wife into the country and appealed to other Ghanaians residing outside to emulate him.