NDPC Seeks To Build Historic Museums In Every City


The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), the commission mandated by the Constitution to map out policies towards development and planning, has expressed its preparedness to collaborate with a renowned architect, to design small historic museums in every town and city that engaged in the struggle against colonialism in the country.

It is the view of the Commission that all the cities and towns that had a sting with the struggle against colonialism will have a small heritage museum to capture their roles in the struggles for independence.

According to the Commission, areas like Usher Fort, James Town,Salaga, and Cape Coast among others in the country, played historic roles in the struggle against slavery and colonial rule in the early 1900s.

He explained that by so doing, these towns and cities, would have the privileges to preserve their history for researchers to come and study to boost the image of the country in the struggle for the independence of the continent.

Prof. Kwesi Botchwey; chairman of the NDPC expressed the Commission’s preparedness to execute this agenda when he joined Dr. Nii Moi Thomson, Director-General of the Commission, Prof Atukwei Okine, a renowned poet and Nat Nunoo Amarteifio, former Mayor of Accra to presenta plague to the Ghanaian-born architect, who designed the AfricanAmerican History Museum in New York- United States of America (USA) at James Town, a suburb in Accra.

Prof Botchwey, said when news broke that the magnificent museum was designed by an African; many were those that impugned his nationality including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that Daniel Adjei was a British-born African in an attempt to claim glory over his achievements.

He admitted that when he drove pass the iconic museum a few days back in New York, he wondered who designed it only to be told that the famous architect was a Ghanaian.

But in the various media reports, the gentleman (David) was described as a British- African to hawk the glory of a noble African he added.
He said the Commission is crowded by the development of the country as well as that of Africa and believes that developing a sustainable architectural environment will beautify the continent.

According to him, proper architectural planning will also address the challenges and problems facing some of the cities in the country.
He explained that the Commission dully recognizes the efforts of the renowned architect and hope to collaborate with him and his group to have some of Ghana’s city planning challenges addressed.

He mentioned that David’s creativity for outstanding achievements in the design of the museum of history is next to none.

Earlier, Prof Atukwei Okine, in a poetic recital said the inauguration of the magnificent African-American History Museum in the month of Septembermarks the birth of the designer as well as the birth of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the Pan-Africanist and leader of the struggle to liberate Africa from the claws of colonialism.

In a short remark, David Adjaye, said his father used to work in the Post Office area and coming back to the area at this time is remembering the old days of Accra.

He revealed that when he sees young people now discussing architecture, it bring him joy in the field of profession he had chosen and hope to chalk more success to mentor the young ones on the continent.

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