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Edina Omanhene demands share of Proceeds from Tourists visits to Elmina Castle

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The Omanhen of Edina Traditional Area, Nana Kodwo Conduah VI, has called on the government and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board to release to the Traditional Council, its share of proceeds from tourists to the Elmina Castle.

According to him, the council had been using the funds received from government previously in supporting the brilliant but needy students in the Traditional Area until 2009 when the then government ceased releasing it.

“And since that time, the council has not received a dime from the successive governments,” he stated.

Nana Conduah made the call during an address at a durbar to climax this year’s Bakatue festival held over the weekend at the forecourt of the Elmina castle.

He said apart from the fact that the facility is on their land, the council performs rituals to purify and compensate the gods at the castle site annually which he explained was expensive on the part of the chiefs.

This year’s Bakatue coincided with Nana Conduah’s 20th anniversary as the Chief of Elmina.

The almost two weeklong festivity was characterized with many colourful activities and events such as clean-up exercises, float, regatta, rap competition and beauty pageant, kind courtesy of the Elmina based Ahomka FM.

Nana Conduah who has recently been named sanitation ambassador by government following his tremendous sanitation campaign, bemoaned the rate at which filths have engulfed the country and called on Ghanaians to reduce the patronage of plastic.

Among prominent guests at the event were Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, President of Group Nduom; Samuel Atta Mills, Member of Parliament (MP) for Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) constituency; Neenyi Ghartey, Omanhen of Simpa; Mr Isaac Adomako Mensah, acting executive director of finance and administration of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA).

Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah ||

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