The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Catherine Afeku, has disclosed that Ghana will open a paragliding school in the Eastern Region to training local pilots, saying the move will boost tourism in the country.
The minister, who was at Odweanoma Mountain at Atibie, Kwahu, in the Eastern Region for the opening of this year's paragliding festival, said some pilots in the USA have agreed to train the local people who are interested in piloting.
According to her, the move will reduce unemployment, boost the tourism sector and bring foreign exchange.
She told Citi FM: “We are in talks to establish the pilot training school to help nurture indigenous people, you know there are a lot of Ghanaians interested in learning so we have spoken to the pilots from the USA who have agreed to train our local people. Three of the pilots have their own schools in the USA so it won’t be difficult.
“Our youth who will have the chance to be trained in this program will also be employed and this will reduce the unemployment rate in the country. We turn to have a lot of foreign nationals who visit the country day in day out and not only during Easter, so this will also boost the tourism sector and bring foreign exchange”.
Afeku said the establishment of the school will "be a thing Ghanaians especially people of Kwahu will forever be grateful for and this will be one of President Nana Addo’s legacies."