JAK Foundation to build an ultra-modern center for leadership and governance
Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah, CEO of the John A. Kufuor Foundation has announced the commencement of construction work on the ultra-modern Kufuor Center for Leadership and Governance. Sited on the campus of the University of Ghana, Legon, the Center will be home to all program and activities of the Foundation once completed.
Speaking to Ghana Crusader, Prof. Agyeman-Duah explained that the campus of Legon was selected for the Center because of its proximity to facilities that could be leveraged to enhance the Kufuor Scholars Program, the flagship program of the Foundation. The Kufuor Center will have a 500-capacity auditorium, mentoring rooms, conference facility, a library, offices and a presidential suite.
“Former President Kufuor’s abiding passion is for young people of today to emerge as effective leaders of tomorrow, leaders of integrity with abundant love for their country,” Prof. Agyeman-Duah said.
The project which is estimated to cost $5 million upon completion will benefit from the fundraising campaign already underway. The campaign was launched on 26 January. Explaining further, Prof. Agyeman-Duah said the founder and chairman of the Foundation will be 80 years old on 8 December this year. His birthday is being used to catalyze support for the fundraising. The Foundation is proposing that for every single year of the former president’s life, an amount of One Million Ghana Cedis should be raised, to yield a total of 80 Million Ghana cedis at the end of the campaign. Hence, the fundraising campaign has adopted the theme “80for80.”
On how the target amount will be raised, Prof. Agyeman-Duah explained that in addition to solicitations from individuals and corporate entities, a number of fundraising activities have been programmed for the year. They include dinners, celebrity walk, John&Jazz nights, musical concert, soccer matches and a Gala Night. A national thanksgiving service will be held the Sunday following the birthday.
The foundation seeks the support of all Ghanaians and everyone in achieving the fundraising goal.