President William Tolbert of Liberia paid a one-day visit to Ghana on Tuesday (August 21, 1973), his first official trip to that country.
MV Tolbert and party down 'plane ramp and greeted by Col. Acheampong
GV & SV Guard of honour (2 shots)
MV's Tolbert inspects guard (3 shots)
GV's Crowds wave and Dr. Tolbert waves back (2 shots)
GV Tolbert out of car and greeted at Dawhenya Canal site
GV Canal and part of settlement (2 shots)
GV PAN & MV's Tolbert visiting around site: student volunteers and soldiers dig. (9 shots)
GV PAN & SV's Other part of site (4 shots)
Dr. Tolbert and party leaving
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Background: President William Tolbert of Liberia paid a one-day visit to Ghana on Tuesday (August 21, 1973), his first official trip to that country. Dr. Tolbert was accompanied by a party of fifteen, including Foreign Minister Cecil Dennis, National Defence Minister Allen Williams and Economic Planning Minister Franklin Neal.
The Liberian President held a round of talks with Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong. He was later given a conducted tour of the Toma Harbour and Industrial Areas and of the major Dawhenya Canal Project, 25 miles (45 kms) east of Accra. The canal is a 700,000 Cadi (about GBP233,000 sterling) development, which is the forerunner of a gigantic irrigation scheme to be carried out later in the Accra Plains.
SYNOPSIS: On his first-ever official visit to Ghana, the President of Liberia, Dr. William Tolbert arrived last Tuesday at Kotoko International Airport. He was welcomed by Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong.
Since the visit was only to last one day, Dr. Tolbert's itinerary was packed. After airport ceremonies, which included acknowledgment of cheers from a large crowd of Liberians living in Ghana, he spent the morning holding talks with Colonel Acheampong.
After lunch, Dr. Tolbert and his entourage were given a tour of the harbour and industrial areas at Tema and of the important Dawhenya Canal Project, twenty-five miles east of the capital, Accra.
The Canal is being constructed at a cost of almost a quarter of a million pounds sterling and is to be the forerunner of a gigantic irrigation scheme for the Accra Plains. The waterway will be five and a half miles long. Much of the work is being done by students and women volunteers, with the help of the army. About three-hundred thousand pupils from two hundred and seventeen private schools are taking part.
Colonel Acheampong has taken a strong personal interest in the project and, on one recent visit, rolled up his sleeves and joined the workers in the canal with his own shovel. Dr. Tolbert, undeterred by the rainfall, appeared much impressed by his tour.
On the diplomatic side, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and the projected giant West African Economic Community of which both countries may become members. They also had talks on African problems in general. Dr. Tolbert's party of fifteen included Foreign Minister Cecil Dennis, National Defence Minister Allen Williams and Economic Planning Minister Franklin Neal.