The Volta Regional Directorate of Centre for National Culture (CNC), has organised a “Bankers Jollof Challenge” for banks in the region as part of activities to mark the 5th Volta Trade and Investment Fair.
The Centre also outdoored two new designs known as “batik lace and cracking batik” made from powdered flour of dried cassava and other chemicals.
Mrs Bernice Deh-Kumah, Director of the Centre, noted that culture was dynamic and gave order and meaning to social, political, economic, aesthetic and religious practices of people and gave them a distinct identity as a people.
She said the Ghanaian culture policy had given people the mandate to encourage Ghanaians to develop a culture of producing what they eat and eating what they produced.
“In view of that, we initiated the Challenge to create the platform to promote made in Ghana rice.”
Mrs Deh-Kumah said the activities of banks were similar to the Centre as they all provided services to the society and hoped that the collaboration was a step in the right direction to promote their services to the general public.
She said there was the need to encourage citizens to eat what they produce and export the same to international markets as well as for job creation and all could only be possible “if we take pride in our Ghanaian food production.”
Mrs Deh-Kumah appealed to banks in Ghana to support agro-businesses financially to improve food production and packaging.
She said the Centre also had opened a fashion design unit to produce unisex clothing to the community, produced batik tie and dye, provided skills training to the general public for free adding that the Centre would next year, introduce dance aerobic sessions by using traditional instruments to keep fit.
Mrs Deh-Kumah encouraged the public to approach banks to benefit from the various service packages they offered adding that “we must develop as a nation and avoid keeping money in the house but in banks for safekeeping.
Advans Ghana emerged the winner of the Challenge with 80 per cent, Stanbic Bank came second with 67 per cent, SG Bank, third with 66 per cent and NIB with 65 per cent at the fourth position.