To ensure a successful durbar to climax this year’s World Tourism Day at Nchiraa, the Brong – Ahafo Regional Security Council (RCC) barred two traditional leaders from participation in the event on Monday.
Odeneho Asenakofena Tabiri Yaw III the chief, and Nana Sekyiwaa, the queen mother, are said to be at each other’s throat over who is the legitimate occupant of their respectively stools.
Because of their differences, security was strengthened on the era of the event at Nchiraa, about 24 kilometers from Wenchi, to avert a potential clash between their supporters at the durbar.
Addressing the gathering, Kwadwo
Nyamekye-Marfo, Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister expressed concern about the dispute that had engulfed the village for some time now.
He noted that the situation would discourage potential investors to develop the Nchiraa Waterfalls, one of the most scenery tourist attractions in the region.
He said if the dispute continues both foreign and local tourists would feel unsafe to visit the waterfalls thereby depriving the district assembly of revenue.
The Minister, therefore, urged the factories to close their ranks and forge ahead in peace and unity.
He also tasked the Wenchi Municipal Assembly to make the development of the waterfalls a priority because of its ability to generate revenue and employment.
Kobby Acheampong Deputy Minister of Tourism explained that the objective of the World Tourism Day was to increase public awareness about its socio cultural, political and economic values.
He said the celebration has also provided opportunities to highlight the contribution of tourism to wealth creation and poverty reduction.
Mr. Acheampong added that “the celebration has helped to showcase the rich and diverse cultural, historical and natural attractions across the country for investments.
The theme for this year’s celebration “Tourism and Biodiversity,” would sensitize the citizenry to conserving the country’s beaches, forests, natural resources and the environment as a whole for posterity.
The Deputy Minister said the choice of Nchiraa for the celebration should be seen as supporting bio-diversity and conservation of the environment.
It was therefore the aim of the Tourism Ministry to develop the Nchiraa Waterfalls and also open up the area for Ghanaians to enjoy what nature has bestowed on the nation.
The waterfalls is believed to have been discovered in the 17th century by Nana Tabiri Kwaku I.