The Paramount Chief of the Edina Traditional Area, Nana Kodwo Conduah the Sixth, has appealed to government to allocate a quota of revenue generated from the Elmina Castle, to the town for development.
He said the castle was 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.
Nana Conduah made the appeal on Saturday at a durbar of the chiefs and people of the area, to climax this year’s Bakatue Festival, which coincided with his 16th anniversary as paramount
Celebrated under the theme, “Time to promote Ghana’s trade potentials is now. Patronize Ghana Made. Be a proud Ghanaian,” this year’s festival is the first after three years of Chieftaincy disputes that halted the annual celebration.
However, majority of the invited guests which included government officials or their representatives failed to turn-up.
Nana Conduah recalled that during former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration, some money was given to the town after a similar appeal was made, but nothing has been received again ever since.
He indicated that the money received was used to enroll some needy but brilliant youth in the area into nursing training colleges, and that there were many other important programmes the revenue could be used for when allocated.
He said there had been some agitation among the youth in the area to stage a demonstration to register their displeasure about the issue, but he had stopped them with the hope that government would consider his appeal.
Nana Conduah further appealed to government to build more schools in the area to raise the standards of education since it was one of the challenges facing the town.
He called on the citizenry to assist the traditional council to build a befitting palace, since the current one was rented, and that he had made personal efforts but will need massive support.
He praised government for the commencement of work on the fish processing plant and the Benya Steel Bridge which linked the Elmina Castle with the main town, and called for unity in the traditional area to ensure development.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA), Mr. Isaac Sam, emphasized the need to keep the municipality clean to prevent diseases, and called for a collaborative effort to achieve this.
He announced that the sod-cutting ceremony for the revamping of the Komenda Sugar Factory will be performed by the end of July.
Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum, 2012 flag-bearer of the Progressive People’s Party, and Chairman of Group Ndoum which was the main sponsor of this year’s festival, in a speech read on his behalf, called for the patronage of made-in-Ghana products.
He said the use of Ghana-made products, reduces the use of foreign currency, and therefore, called on Ghanaians to change their attitude towards made in Ghana products.
Present, was Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, Member of Parliament for the area. GNA