The Kassena-Nankana West District Chief Executive [DCE], Hon. Gerard Ataogye this Wednesday afternoon, handed over site to a contractor for the construction of some landscaping works at the Pikworo Slave Camp in the Paga-Nania community of the district.
In his statement at a brief handing over meeting at the Camp, Hon. Ataogye noted that, his district is the most endowed when one takes a careful look at tourism across the Upper East Region and “if we want to boost the local economy, we need to develop our tourist sites and this is dear to the heart of Government”, he emphasized. He recalled for instance that, recently in July when the Slave Camp hosted the 2023 PANAFEST and Emancipation Day commemorative event, a lot of indigenes and other citizens from across the region came through selling food, locally produced drinks and handicrafts amongst others.
The DCE mentioned the Sirigu Pottery centre, the famous Paga Crocodile ponds, the Kukula Shrine in the Chiana area and others and called on tourism enthusiasts in Ghana and around the world to list the Kassena-Nankana West District as their priority destination on any day. He charged the elders of the area to ensure that the contractor received the needed support to execute the project on time while also keeping an eye on him to safeguard against shoddy work.
He revealed that the Assembly had already put up an oval office at the Camp to help streamline things administratively and improve how guests are received at the Camp. Additionally, he disclosed that a 5-seater water closet toilet was also under construction and urged the contractor to double-up his efforts on that project as it is essential to promoting a healthy environment within the Camp.
Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Wisdom Ahadzi in his remarks said his office was glad to have played an instrumental role in getting the project approved and called for the maximum cooperation and support of the Nania community to the contractor. He said his outfit doesn’t doubt the capabilities of the contractor because other jobs have already been executed excellently under his name.
According to contract documents the contractor, Lubie Construction Works openly displayed to stakeholders at the gathering, he has up to four (4) months to deliver the project and he gave the assurance that, the period given him, was a reasonable one.
Meanwhile, the contractor had already started the molding of about some 30 thousand pieces of pavement blocks and concrete keibs for the landscaping works. The Assemblyman for the Nania electoral area, guides at the Pikworo Slave Camp and some technical officers from the Assembly were all on hand to witness the formal handing over.
BY PETER ATOGEWE WEDAM