HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE!
Bawku, albeit a small isolated community, is almost always in the public eye for the wrong reasons…a violent chieftaincy dispute has raged there for years. Click on the news and events link on the Bawku Municipality website above and you’ll get an idea of how much this situation has impacted the lives of the people.
But there is hope as expressed by the MCE’s (Metro Chief Executive) message on the home page of the website. In fact tourism is one mentioned as an economic opportunity:
“There are very attractive physical and cultural landscapes worth developing into tourist centres. These include the Kulungungu bombsite,this is where the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Survived a grenade attack on 1st August, 1962 when returning from a meeting with his Upper Voltas (now Burkina Faso) colleague, Mourice Yameogo. This site is marked by a bust of Dr. Nkrumah.”
Here’s what I responded on the SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA to Isaac’s plea:
“Christopher Scott Yes, peace is contingent on the youth having jobs. Tourism is a labour intensive sector. Government ( Ghana Tourism Authority ) open the dialogue with the private sector ( Ghana Tourism Federation – Ghatof Ghana Hotels Association ) on Visa Free Ghana Bawku”
Thus the scrap campaign can be seen as a continuum…from a policy change to permit international leisure tourists entry to Ghana without a visa for 30 days or less leads to increased arrivals leads to more jobs leads to PEACE!