The Center of Ghana Tourist site, said to be the geographical center of Ghana, located at Kintampo in the Bono East Region has been neglected and it currently does not depict its status as the centre of the country despite its huge tourism potential.
Residents are unhappy about the state of the place and are calling on authorities to give it a face-lift.
Kintampo, capital of the Kintampo North Municipality in the Bono East Region has become popular over the years because of the Kintampo Water Falls, one of the highest falls in Ghana and attracts about thirty thousand tourists annually according to the Tourism Ministry.
However, one tourism potential which could attract more tourists and also generate some income for the Kintampo North Municipal Assembly is the Centre of Ghana site but unfortunately it is not getting the needed attention.
Apart from a structure constructed by a private vulganizer in 1992 at the place, nothing meaningful has taken place there.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Kintampo, Michael Sarkodie Baffoe, in an interview with The New Publisher said, “About a year ago, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) came to Kintampo and promised that they have been mandated to put up a befitting memorial to depict the Centre of Ghana.”
Mr. Baffoe said the GTA disclosed to him that they have given the project it to a consultant to work out something to be done at the site.
“Anytime you call them they tell you efforts are underway to have it done. I would have wished as an MCE of this place that during my time to have a befitting monument that befits the centrality of Kintampo. This one falls under the Tourism Ministry so you cannot do it own you need to team up with them to have it done. We have done it before if you look at the example of the waterfall after the disaster those who visit the Water Falls can testify that there is a massive improvement there.”
Another tourist site at Kintampo that has not received any support and is not known to most people outside Kintampo is the European Cemetery located at the Kintampo Research Center.
The cemetery has the Graves of some Europeans who lived in Kintampo, died and were buried there in the pre independence era.
Michael Sarkodie Baffoe also revealed that the European Cemetery would also receive a face-lift.