Akufo-Addo receives $1m from India for renovation of Flagstaff House

The donation was made on behalf of the government of India by the Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar during a courtesy call on the occasion of India’s 70th independence anniversary.

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President Akufo-Addo, who received the donation, was grateful to the government and people of India for the kind gesture adding that the synergy between Indian and Ghanaian freedom was deliberate.

“The people who began the struggle for our nation’s freedom were heavily influenced by events in India. Indeed, it was exactly 11 days before the 15th of August that they met in Saltpond to begin the battle for Ghanaian freedom, and they did so because they were conscious of what was taking place in India,” he said.

He continued, “Many of them, in fact, had close friendships with many of the leading lights of the Indian Nationalist Movement, and thought it would not be right to announce the struggle for Ghanaian freedom after Indian independence. So they did everything possible to assemble in Saltpond, even if it was 11 days before India’s independence.”

Nana Akufo-Addo was hopeful that in the course of his and the administration of Prime Minister Modi, Ghana and India would explore further “avenues of economic intercourse and development. There is so much our two countries can gain from stepping up the quality of the value of exchanges between our two countries, which currently stands in the region of $3 billion.”

On his part, Mr Akbar applauded the policies and programmes being implemented by President Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

He described Akufo-Addo as “a father of democracy in Africa”, adding that the government and people of India celebrate the on-going contributions made by President Akufo-Addo to Ghana’s development.

“We celebrate also the fact that your programmes and policies, evidenced in your signature policies, about villages, agriculture, are indicative that you are as close to the people of your country as you always have,” Mr. Akbar said.

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