The Ofori Panin Fie has described a video in circulation in which a broadcast journalist by name, Kwabena Bobie Ansah of Accra FM attributes the financing of the J.B. Danquah Memorial Centre to the sole efforts of the government of Ghana.
The Ofori Panin Fie is concerned with the substance of the publication and has refuted the claims, describing it as a false, irresponsible and abysmal, attempts to misinform the populace and heighten tempers within the country as the 2020 General Elections draw nearer.
In a statement signed and issued by the Akyem Abuakwa State Secretary. D. M. Ofori Atta, the Ofori Panin Fie place on record that the J.B. Danquah Memorial Center situated in Kyebi was never fully funded by government.
According to the Ofori Panin Fie, Former President John Agyekum Kuffour in 2006 commenced the construction of the facility in Kyebi to serve the people in the area.
According to the statement, the project was abandoned by the Mills/ Mahama administration and was later completed in 2018 through the advocacy of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council and sponsorship by Huawei Ghana, a Chinese telecommunications company.
The facility was named the J. B. Danquah Memorial Centre in commemoration of his outstanding contributions to the birth and development of our nation.
It houses an ultra-modern ICT Lab donated by the Yamoransa Foundation for the teaching and learning of ICT with special emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, a Maker Space also donated by the Yamoransa Foundation for the teaching of robotics engineering as well as the construction and development of virtual reality-based applications, games, and applications of 3D printing, a GIFEC Zonal office which is a 30-seater ICT lab purposed for the teaching, learning, and application of ICT.
The facility also houses a library, an EC office and a radio station.
The statement also states that the entire facility is managed under the auspices of the Ghana Library Authority, the EC, and Okyenhene.
“As such, the Ofori Panin Fie and Nananom of Akyem Abuakwa would like to state emphatically that the J.B. Danquah Centre was not financed by the Ghanaian tax payer’s money. It was, however, sponsored by Huawei Ghana and the Yamoransa Foundation,” it emphasized.
They hinted that the J. B. Danquah Centre is not a family property of the Ofori Panin Fie, but the property of the Ghana Library Authority and is meant for public use by members within and without the community.
“We wish to admonish all journalists to remain decorous and professional in their reportage and desist from the publication of misleading information to ensure the continual dignity of the media space,” the statement further cautioned.
It added that the Ofori Panin Fie remains open to all who call upon her for any further clarifications to any issue as concerns the Kingdom and the State.