The Kassena-Nankana West District Chief Executive (DCE), Gerard Ataogye, handed over the site to a contractor for landscaping work to begin at the Pikworo Slave Camp in the Paga-Nania community of the district.
In a press release by the District Information Officer, Mr. Peter Atogewe Wedam said the DCE during a brief handing-over meeting at the Camp noted that his district is the most endowed in terms of tourism across the Upper East Region.
“If we want to boost the local economy, we need to develop our tourist sites, and this is dear to the heart of the government.”
He recalled, for instance, that in July, when the Slave Camp hosted the 2023 PANAFEST and Emancipation Day commemorative event, many indigenes and citizens from across the region sold food, locally produced drinks, handicrafts, and more.
The DCE mentioned prominent tourist attractions like the Sirigu Pottery Centre, the famous Paga Crocodile Ponds, the Kukula Shrine in the Chiana area, and others. He urged tourism enthusiasts in Ghana and around the world to prioritize the Kassena-Nankana West District as their destination. He also charged the elders of the area to ensure that the contractor received the necessary support to complete the project on time and to monitor the work to prevent any substandard quality.
He revealed that the Assembly had already constructed an oval office at the Camp to streamline administrative processes and improve guest reception. Additionally, he disclosed that a 5-seater water closet toilet was under construction and urged the contractor to expedite efforts on that project as it is essential for promoting a healthy environment within the Camp.
The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Wisdom Ahadzi, expressed his office’s pleasure in playing an instrumental role in getting the project approved. He called for maximum cooperation and support from the Nania community for the contractor. He expressed confidence in the contractor’s capabilities, citing other successful projects completed under his name.
According to the contract documents displayed openly to stakeholders at the gathering, the contractor, Lubie Construction Works, has up to four (4) months to complete the project. He assured that the given timeframe was reasonable.
Meanwhile, the contractor had already started molding approximately 30,000 pieces of pavement blocks and concrete kerbs for the landscaping works. The Assemblyman for the Nania electoral area, guides from the Pikworo Slave Camp, and some technical officers from the Assembly were present to witness the formal handing over.