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02.11.2019 Regional News

Allotey Jacobs Blasts Gov't Over Abandoned Forts, Castles, Tourist Sites In Central Region

By Richard Obeng Bediako
Allotey Jacobs Blasts Gov't Over Abandoned Forts, Castles, Tourist Sites In Central Region

Former Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs, is urging government to renovate all forts, castles, and tourist sites in the Central Region.

He wants the Akufo-Addo led government to rehabilitate all forts and castles in the region to promote tourism in Ghana to increase revenue generation.

According to him, the rich history towards the independence of Ghana and the current economic strives made in the country can never be told without the mention of the Central Region, therefore, it’s important that “we persevere our heritage well and pass it on to generations unborn.”

Speaking as a panel member on Pae Mu Ka’ with Lawyer Ohene Gyan on Kingdom FM 107.7, Allotey Jacobs said:” I’m pleading with the government to renovate all tourist sites in the Central Region and also generate revenue for the government.”

Despite its significance and international character, the Tourist sites are yet to be made fully attractive to be appreciated by visitors to the metropolis.

He explained that a good number of tourist sites in the country were not in good shape and were prone to collapse which results in the government losing massive revenue.

Many people want to visit them yet they are often pegged back by how far these tourist destinations are and how bad some of the connecting roads are.

To solve this long-lasting problem, it is expedient to build ultra-modern hotels, motels, and guesthouses on site at certain key tourist sites.

The facilities that are already existent should also be refurbished and improved. What about feeding? What does a tourist eat when he/she decides to spend all day on a tourist site? The provision of good quality, wholesome food on-site also makes these tourist sites very attractive to tourists.

Countries that have embarked on the promotion of local tourism are still reaping the benefits and have been able to transform whole communities into tourists’ sites while increasing local participation.

It is significant to note that the promotion of domestic tourism is a shared responsibility that requires the concerted efforts of all stakeholders-policy makers, private sector, traditional authorities and local citizens.