Good Governance Hall of Fame, a non-profit organisation, is to construct a hall of fame to house portraits and busts of persons who have distinguished themselves in good governance practices in Ghana.
The hall, to be built in Accra, would focus on inducting key personalities such as former and current Presidents, Vice Presidents, Speakers of Parliament, Chief Justices, ministers of state and traditional rulers.
Launching the project, the Chief Executive Officer of Good Governance Awards Ghana, Mr Prince Mackey, said the four-storey edifice would keep the portraits, busts, books, audio-visuals as well as famous quotes of inductees to allow patrons have first-hand information about them.
“The edifice will also consist of halls or museums that will enshrine the honourees with sculptures, plaques and displays of memorabilia and general information regarding the inducted recipients,” he said.
Mr Mackey said the structure would have four floors, with each floor dedicated to a class of personsalities in such spheres as the Executive, the Legislature, Judiciary and traditional leaders.
“The Executive floor will house the portraits and monuments of past and current Presidents and Vice-Presidents; the Legislature floor will also house past and current Speakers of Parliament, distinguished parliamentarians and distinguished ministers of state with another floor to be known as the Judicial floor housing distinguished officials of the judicial service,” he said.
He added that a fourth floor to be known as the traditional floor would house distinguished traditional rulers.
Odeefoo Oteng Korankye II (middle), Berekusuhene, who is also the Akwapem Twafohene interacting with Mr Prince Mackay (left) CEO of Good Governance Hall of Fame and awards, and Mr Felix Kwesi Andam (right), Member of the Good Governance Hall of Fame and awards
Touching on how inductees would be selected, Mr Mackey said an induction process would be held annually with no limit to the number of inductees in each year.
“Some distinguished past presidents, vice-presidents, past chief justices and speakers of parliament are expected to be inducted this year,” he added.
Objectives of hall
Mr Mackey said the building would also serve as a record keeping facility where vital information of distinguished personalities in good governance practices could be assessed in addition to becoming a learning and reference centre for the public, particularly students.
He gave an assurance that the project would encourage and motivate government appointees to be diligent in the delivery of their day-to-day core mandate to Ghanaians and motive them to strive for excellence.
Celebrating hard work
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Mr Prince Mackay (right) CEO of Good Governance Hall of Fame and awards, addressing the Media at the Press conference, and also Akwapem kwafo hene, Dr George Adayi-Nwoza Adiah (middle), Lecturer, Business school,GIMPA
A lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Dr George Adayi-Nwoza Adiah, said the initiation of good governance awards scheme would discourage corrupt practices among government appointees.
“A nation that does not honour its citizens is not worth dying for, but these awards would defeat that notion by celebrating hardworking government officials”, he said.
The Chief of Brekusu and Twafohene of the Akwapim Traditional Area, Odeefoo Oteng Korankyie II, commended the CEO of the Good Governance Awards Ghana for initiating the project which he said would help keep proper records of good governance practices in the country
“The project will even help government officials to work hard in order to reduce corruption and enhance good governance in Ghana”, he added.