Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Monument indicating exact longitudinal point of Greenwich Meridian unveiled at Somanya

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The Ghana Institution of Surveyors has unveiled a monument at a location in Somanya in the Eastern Region to identify where the Greenwich Meridian passes.
The monument known as the Prime Meridian was constructed by the Institution as a tourist site to generate revenue. It forms part of the 50th Anniversary of the Institution.
The Ghana Institution of Surveyors was established in 1969 with the aim of building the capacity of members to attain international professional standards.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Institution and a number of activities have been lined up for the celebration. They include health walk, donations, mentorship programmes, women in surveying seminar on lands and unveiling of the Prime Meridian Monument.
The President of the Institution, Mrs Maame Ama Edumadzi-Acquah in her address said the Institution decided on this project to build a legacy for the country as part of its 50th anniversary.

The Chairman of Land Division of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Mr John Christian Acquah explained the Greenwich Meridian saying it is an imaginary line joining the North to South pole.

He said Somanya was chosen because the one at Tema has been demarcated already. Mr Acquah said this monument will offer students, researchers and tourists to learn more about the Greenwich Meridian.
The Somanya Municipal Chief Executive, Kupualor Ebenezer Tetteh thanked the Institution for the gesture saying the Assembly is always ready to accept people who come to the area with developmental projects.
He promised that the Assembly will take very good care of the Monument to benefit the community as well as the nation.

The project cost GH¢90.000.

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