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Ministry of Tourism hands over Pikworo slave camp for improvement works

Pikworo slave camp

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) have handed over the Pikworo slave camp at Nania, near Paga, in the Kassena-Nankana West District, in the region. of the Upper East, for the improvement work to begin.

Site redevelopment processes include the construction of an administrative block consisting of a waiting room, reception, manager’s room and memorabilia display room.
It is funded by the Tourism Development Fund and is expected to be completed in 12 weeks.

The Pikworo slave camp, developed in the 16th century, was used as a transit center where slaves were kept, auctioned, and later sold or transported south.

It was also used as a slave trade camp where people were sold to English, French and Dutch slave traders.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony in Nania to officially hand over the site to Lubie Construction Works, a Ghanaian construction company, Mr. Henry Yeleduor, Upper East Regional Manager, GTA, said the move was part of strategies to improve the state of tourism. sites in the country.

He said the project, when completed, would see the construction of a perimeter wall with a gate and an arch, a seven-seater toilet, five summer huts and parking at the Pikworo slave camp.

He said the government, with funding from the World Bank, was putting in place measures to redevelop and improve the condition of some tourist sites across the country to increase attendance.

The Paga Zenga Crocodile Pond, he said, was also being renovated with an administration block and parking lot,
“The government is determined to develop many tourist sites in the region to increase visitation and revenue mobilization.

“The vision is that we want Ghana to be the hub of tourism in West Africa, so we expect that if these sites are improved, there would be a lot of site visits and that will also increase revenue. .

“Because these sites are located within the communities, it is also believed to affect the local economy in terms of job creation, souvenir making, food and water, among others,” he said. added.

Mr. Gerard Ataogye, the District General Manager of the region, noted that the district is endowed with various tourist sites that need renovation and revamping and that the improvement initiative is going in the right direction.

He expressed his optimism that with the proximity to the Burkina Faso border, when the tourist sites are developed with the necessary facilities installed, it will increase the visitation to the site, which will develop the local economy and create jobs for the population. .

While urging residents to cooperate and support the contractor to complete the work as planned, he warned that shoddy work would not be accepted.

Mr. Costa Achindiba, Member of the Nania Electoral Area Assembly, commended the Ministry of Tourism and the Ghana Tourism Authority for the decision to develop the sites as it would also help preserve the cultural heritage of the region for future generations.

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