Residents of Kunsu in the Kintampo North Municipality have called on the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) to prioritise the tourism potential of the area to boost revenue mobilisation for development.
They said some tourist sites in the ancient slave town included slave market, slave caves and waterfalls, but they had been left undeveloped, thereby depriving the local economy its fair share of development.
The chief priest of the town, Nana Owusu Asaw who disclosed this to the Ghanaian Times during a visit to the area, yesterday expressed worry that little or no effort had been made to utilise nature’s gift to the country.
Recounting the history of the area, he narrated how slave raiders such as Babatu and Samore transported slaves from Salaga to Kunsu slave caves before sending them to the Cape Coast and Elmina castles.
“All these interesting sites could be developed for tourists to boost the local economy there,” he said.
According to Nana Asaw, the GTA had often paid lip service to plans to develop and open up the area for tourism to thrive, explaining that in the mid 2000 the GTA attempted to develop the area, but later abandoned the plan, dashing the hopes of the people.
He said the same energy the GTA employed during the “Year of Return” project, same should be applied to the “Beyond the Return” project by focusing on developing other tourism potentials in the country, especially that of Kunsu.
On her part, a newly elected assembly woman at Kunsu, Rose Gyamera, said the menace of bush fire was a threat to the forest cover around these attraction sites, indicating that fire had burnt down a baobab tree which the captives were tied to at the slave market centre.
She appealed to the Kintampo North Municipal Assembly and Ghana National Fire Service to help curb perennial bush fires in the area, which was also endangering farming activities in the Kunsu enclave.
FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, SUNYANI