The Dzasetse of the Great Ningo Traditional Council, Nene Affum Kaafra III, has appealed to the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) to help develop and promote the numerous tourism attractions in Ningo.
The attractions include the famous Odrobi tree that serves as the boundary between Ningo and Osudoku, the Okpeliyo Hill between Ningo and Osudoku, Dipo Ateh, Fort Fredensburg, Djange Lagoon, Homowo festival, cultural practices and the history of Great Ningo.
Speaking during the Tema Regional celebration of World Tourism Day, he said such efforts would help develop the area, generate employment and alleviate poverty.
The celebration organised by GTA in partnership with the Ningo Prampram District Assembly (NiPDA) and under the theme: “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities,” was also used to plant trees in the town to improve the environment.
The occasion was also used to inaugurate tourist clubs in four schools.
A tourism consultant, Mr. Sampson Donkor, said according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, tourism arrivals reached 1 billion 138 million last year, indicating that a lot more people were travelling due to easy transportation by air and access to reliable information which was readily available on the internet or their mobile phones.
He said when people travel they spend foreign exchange and this gives opportunity for the host country to expand their hospitality industry.
The District Chief Executive of NiPDA, Alhaji SA Rhack Nartey, said the people of Ningo have a rich culture, history and the area abounds in serene ecological and recreational facilities that could be used to propel the economic development of the area.
“These include 37 km of safe swimming beaches, important shrines and colourful canoes moored on the Djange lagoon, the construction of a new international airport and 5,000 affordable housing schemes being developed by government in the area,” he said.
The GTA Regional Manager for Tema, Mr. Gameli Dzordzorme, said his outfit was in the process of identifying and developing all tourism potentials in the area with the support of the private sector to make it ‘a destination of choice’ for tourists.
He said it was in that light that the GTA was sensitising residents especially those in Ningo, to embrace issues of tourism and work to improve the environment.
The Ningo Prampram Police District Commander, DSP. Paul M. Bampo, said tourists generally avoided places which were not peaceful and insecure.
He therefore, urged the people of Ningo to work with the police to expose trouble makers and robbers who would want to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in place.
By Godfred Gibbah Blay, Ningo