The rehabilitation of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra has begun in earnest, and is anticipated to be completed in 9 months’ time.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, decrease the sod the day sooner than on the current time for the US$3 million rehabilitation and modernisation mission to originate up.
When completed, the park, which is being renovated under the World Bank Tourism Type Venture, will entail the complete rehabilitation of the Mausoleum and Museum and the enchancment of a brand new Presidential Library.
The park can even respect a brand new teaching centre, restaurant, VVIP lounge, an artistic freedom wall and a tune and lightweight fountain to pick out on night tourism.
It’s miles anticipated to develop over 50 further advise jobs and fairly a great deal of completely different oblique jobs when completed within the following couple of months.
Is known as the Faded Polo Grounds, the park is the place Ghana’s founding fathers led, by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, declared the nation’s independence in 1957.
Talking on the sod-cutting ceremony, Dr Awal bemoaned the scorching voice of the Nkrumah Memorial Park which has flip out to be unattractive to vacationers.
Constructed in 1992 as a vacationer set to retain the reminiscence of the nation’s first President, the park is for the time being not producing satisfactory revenue to retain the flexibleness, the Minister recognized.
“Over the years, governments respect not been prepared to boost the park with ample budgetary assets and this has contributed to its deterioration.”
“It grew to become as quickly as ensuing from this actuality chanced on expedient to close it down and assemble decided a whole rehabilitation and modernisation,” he acknowledged.
Dr Awal added that “the rehabilitated park will befit the role of Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah and likewise give befitting recognition to the nation’s a type of founding fathers: Edward Akufo-Addo, ArkoAdjei, ObetsebiLamptey, William Ofori-Atta and J.B Danquah.
This might further concretise the Pan-African Triangular Centre: George Padmore Library, WEB Du Bois Centre for Pan-Africanism and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park; thereby consolidating Ghana’s role as a result of the elemental centre of Pan Africanism and diasporan analysis”.
The Minister believes the rehabilitation and modernisation of the park would improve each native and worldwide tourism and strengthen Ghana’s rating as an funding and alternate vacation spot.
“Tourism, Arts and Culture has the performance to contribute tremendously to nationwide sample and job creation and I want to make sure Ghanaians and the worldwide neighborhood that the rehabilitation and the modernisation of the park might be carried out snappily in order that the park is opened by March 2023 to coincide with the nation’s independence anniversary,” he acknowledged.
The Minister of Knowledge, KojoOppong Nkrumah, indicated that the authorities grew to become as quickly as refurbishing a type of tourism websites throughout the nation to allow the tourism sector to contribute to the monetary increase within the nation.
In response to him, the tourism sector grew to become as quickly because the third best monetary sector within the nation, together with that the authorities had taken a deliberate decision to assemble the nation’s tourism infrastructure to pick out on monetary actions within the nation.
A consultant of the World Bank counseled the authorities’s association to spend money on tourism, together with that the sphere had sizable doable to carry prosperity to the nation and its people.
BY YAW KYEI