Edina Omanhen is chasing government to demand their own Share of Elmina Castle Tourist Proceeds.
According to Nana Kodwo Condua VI, the castle is one of the most visited tourist sites in the country, yet Elmina, the town in which it is located, does not receive any quota of the revenue generated to facilitate its development.
Addressing thousands of people at a Durbar to climax this year’s Bakatue Festival at Elmina in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipal Assembly (KEEA) of the Central region, the paramount chief appealed to government to give the people of Edina their own share of the proceeds to assist them in developing the area.
He recalled that during former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration, some moneys were given to the town, but the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government then led by the late Prof. John Evans Attah Mills with no reason cancelled all agreements and nothing has been received again ever since.
He called on government to re- establish the fund for them for the people of Edina to enjoy their quota through developments in KEEA.
He commended Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for his dedication and the numerous developmental projects he has brought and is still bring to the Edina land.
He also acknowledged GN Groupe for sponsoring and making the festival a colourful one since their efforts to get sponsorship from other corporate bodies and companies were turned down.
Central Regional minister Aquinas Quansah reiterated the timeliness of the theme for the festival, indicating that the places of convenience for the people in area are very deplorable and for that matter urgent steps need to be taken to address the situation.
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