The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Fritz Baffour has revealed that a whopping $1.5 million (R11.4 million) is needed to complete the construction of the National Museum of Science and Technology.
He disclosed this at the inauguration of an advocacy group for museums and monuments in Ghana known as the Friends of the National Museum in Accra. This construction of this facility situated in Accra began thirty years ago and has since been left unattended to due to financial constraints.
Baffour decried that over the past 30 years, the Science and Technology Museum has been abandoned because the board only depends on the government’s budgetary allocation which is just enough to run its administrative affairs.
He assured that since it has now been given the mandate to source for funds privately, work will soon start on the museum to ensure that it is completed and open to the public.
However, Professor Atukwei Okai, the President of the Pan African Writer’s Association, called for the establishment of a cultural fund. He also stated that regular visits to the museum should be included to the school curriculum to keep the youth in touch with their roots.