Fc Seeks Partnership For Achimota eco-Park

Mr. Andy Osei Okrah in (smoch)Human Resources Manager, FC in a chat with Chief Mukuni in (cap) in the Acimota Forest. With them include Rev. Kpelle (right)The Forestry Commission is to invest $322million in the Achimota Forest eco-park project through a public private-partnership agreement.

The Reverend David Kpelle, Business Development Manager of the Commission disclosed this in a presentation of the project to Chief Mukuni, Head of the Mukuni Tribe of Zambia, who paid an official visit to the head office of the Commission, at Achimota, in Accra, on Friday. The visit enabled him to acquaint himself with the operations of the Commission.

Rev Kpelle said the Commission had proposed a public-private partnership intervention to identify a key strategic development partner who would provide $150million, being 45 per cent of the project funding, while the Commission provided $175million, constituting 50 per cent.

He said the Achimota forest cover used to be 490 hectares but encroachment and unauthorised developments had reduced it to 360 hectares which would be used for the project to safeguard it, adding that a project oversight and implementation committee had been set up to coordinate the project.

The Achimota Eco-Park, when completed, will comprise an amusement park, a cultural village, orchard, arboretum for research, a museum and a prayer ground for religious activities among others.

In his remark, Chief Mukuni said he was in the country on a fact finding mission on Ghana’s forest to see how Zambia could assist the Forestry Commission to develop the country’s Eco-tourism sector.

He said the country abounds in tourism potentials that need to be maximised for the benefit of her people.

Chief Mukuni said there was the need to establish a training college to train Ghanaians in tourism to effectively manage the sector to generate the needed revenue for the development of the country. By Seth Adu Agyei

 

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