Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has revealed that a total of $1.9 billion has been generated into the Ghanaian economy through the various activities related to the Year of Return.
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She said the Year of Return program has massively increased the number of arrivals into the country to 750,000.
She noted that the total arrivals has increased by 200,000.
Mrs Oteng-Gyasi said President Akufo-Addo has granted over 200 people of the African diaspora citizenship and also offered lands to encourage many more Africans in the diaspora to the motherland.
The Tourism Minister added that the Year of Return has also improved Ghana’s relationship with the rest of the world.
“There has been tremendous community involvement which has stimulated the local economy including hoteliering, tour operating and other related businesses,” she said at a ceremony at Anomabo to inaugurate a tourist centre.
The Year of Return is a year-long event of the return of the descendants of the first enslaved Africans from James Town in Accra to James town in Virginia in the United States of America (USA).
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the rank and file, as well as leaders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been urged to unite in prayer to win political power from the governing New Patriotic Party.
The call was made by flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama on Saturday, December 14 at the funeral of the late Victoria Adzo Adzagli-Ametefee, wife of Mr Henry Ametefee, Volta Regional Chairman of NDC.
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