The Head of State Award Scheme has condemned attacks hurled at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for cutting sod last Wednesday on the construction of the Ghana Award House.

Many Ghanaians took to social media to condemn the move, claiming it should not be priority given the hardships some Ghanaians are going through.

But a statement issued by the Scheme acknowledged the “misunderstanding” about the project.

“We are indeed grateful for the feedback, and believe it’s due to misconception about the Award Scheme.

“We, however, condemn the unwarranted attacks on the person of HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for undertaking this honorary responsibility as Chief Patron of the Award Scheme,” the statement advised.

It said the Scheme provides a rewarding agenda that fills the gap left by formal tuition and equips the youth for life and work.

“It builds their confidence and engages them with their communities to make a difference to themselves and the world at large.”

The Ghana Award House is expected to be completed within 36 weeks at a cost of GH¢5 million.

Once completed, the Ghana Award House project will be a two-storey office block, with a 200-capacity conference room, and training facility designed to house the National Secretariat of the Head of State Award Scheme.

The statement explained that the project idea was conceived in 2003 when a parcel of land was secured for its construction.

“Since then a lot of partnerships and investments has gone into it till date.

“Fundraising for the Award House started in May 2016 when HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, paid a working visit to Ghana in support of the Head of State Award Scheme and its operation.”

The Scheme invited well-meaning Ghanaians who believe in youth development to join hands in equipping young people for life and work.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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