President cuts sod for work to begin on Elmina Heritage Project

President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cut sod for work to commence on the Elmina Heritage Project geared towards further development in the area.

 

As part of the tourism enclave development in the area, the project places emphasis on the sites of UNESCO heritage status and is envisaged that it would help build on a strong participation of the community as well as enhancing visitor experience.

 

President Akufo-Addo cut the sod after a durbar of chiefs and people of the Edina Traditional Area as part of his tour to the Central        Region on Friday.

 

Upon completion, the project, according to the President, would provide an enhancement of the immediate surroundings of the Elmina Castle.

 

It would also see the construction of a receptive facility to provide a dignified welcome to visitors.

 

The project would comprise a reverential garden, improved parking spaces, an event grounds, water front seats, bust of iconic Ghanaians, Africans and African-Americans, arts and craft shops and improved washrooms.

 

It is expected to facilitate in the drawing of linkage with existing tourism inventory in the area comprising the Dutch Cemetery, Fort St. Jago, Bethel Methodist Church, Elmina Fish Market and the Coconut Bridge House.

 

President Akufo-Addo noted that, the development of the tourism enclave in the Elmina community falls under the government’s commitment to develop and promote the nation’s tourism industry.

 

He stated that, the current administration under his leadership was poised to implement policies that would facilitate the development of the nation.

 

He gave an assurance of the government’s commitment to implement policies that would help address the plight of fishermen in fishing communities.

 

President Akufo-Addo further stated that the government intends to sustain the free Senior High School (SHS) policy.

 

The Paramount Chief of Edina Traditional Area, Nana Kwadwo Condua VI, in his address, commended government for the introduction of the free SHS policy and other interventions in the country.

 

He urged government to intensify public education on key government policies and intervention and cited an example that, despite the good initiative, public education on the double track was inadequate.

 

Nana Condua further indicated the need for Ghanaians to support the government as it rolled out policies aimed at transforming the nation.

 

He expressed worry about the insanitary sanitation situation in some communities in country.

 

The use of plastic bags, Nana Condua said, should be discouraged.

 

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Mrs Catherine Afeku, explained that, the project formed part of the government’s commitment to improve tourism facilities in the region.

 FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH, ELMINA

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