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16.01.2008 General News

Communities, District Assemblies asked to take up tourism crusade

By Accra Mail
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Mr Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations has called on individuals, communities and District Assemblies to take up the tourism crusade by identifying the attractions in their areas and initiate its developments.

In an address read on his behalf, the Minister said his Ministry was ready to provide the appropriate technical and other support to bring them to acceptable standards.

He gave the advise at the inauguration of an GH¢111,555 Craft Village tourist receptive facility in the Kwabre district at the weekend, where an Ntonso Adinkra, a locally produced traditional cloth was outdoored.

The Ministry in collaboration with the Kwabre District Assembly funded the project, which has a drinking bar, stores and an exhibition and sitting hall.

He said “if the tourism sector, Ghana's newly found Goldmine, has to play its expected role as a major pillar in national economic development, then the desired co-operation and collaboration as well as a partnership between all stakeholders should not only be forged but further strengthened”.

The Minister noted that the government has identified tourism promotion as a tool for poverty reduction and the Ministry was working closely with the United Nations World Tourism Organization to ensure that tourism delivers practical benefits to Ghanaians.

Alhaji Ahmed Akwasi Yeboah, Kwabre District Chief Executive (DCE) noted that the village would create employment and income generating activities for the people in the area.

He said the success of the facility would enable the Ministry and the Assembly to support further.

The DCE said with the introduction of the School Feeding Programme, the Capitation Grant, the National Health Insurance Scheme and other programmes and policies among others shows the Government's commitment to the welfare of all Ghanaians.

Alhaji Yeboah stressed the need for all Ghanaians to continue supporting the NPP government and to give it the mandate in the December general election to enable it to continue with its good work.

Mr Kofi Frimpong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwabre East said the town used to be a tourist centre because of the famous monkey forest aside of the traditional cloth, and called for immediate steps to repackage the place to attract more tourists to the community.

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