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Regional News Wed, 7 May 2003

Assembly to Develop Yaa Asantewaa Museum

The Ejisu-Juabeng District Assembly has initiated moves to develop the Yaa Asantewaa museum at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region into a modern tourist attraction

As a first step, the assembly has voted an amount of ?50 million for some initial works at the museum. The District Coordinating Director (DCD), Mr. Michael Opoku Nkansah, disclosed this in an interview during a visit to the museum by the Graphic.

He was of the conviction that when fully developed, the museum, built in honour of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the late queen mother of Ejisu who led the Ahantis to go to war against the British in 1900, would rake in enough revenue to help in the assembly’s development efforts.

Mr. Opoku Nkransah said tourist arrivals at the museum have not been encouraging because of the poor state of the facility. The DCD also stated that the Ministry of Tourism has released ?783 million for the construction of a tourism development centre at Bonwire. The centre is expected to enhance the Kente industry in the area and subsequently generate the needed revenue for the assembly.

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Mr. Opoku Nkansah said this year, the assembly will spend ?3.22 billion from the Common Fund on various development projects in the district. Among the projects that will be undertaken are electrification programmes in 10 communities including Bomfa, Ofoase, Wabri, Adumasa and Achiase.

The DCD said the Poverty Alleviation Programme in the district is being pursued with all seriousness and this year ?85 million has been earmarked for beneficiaries. Mr. Opoku Nkansah said education will take the chunk of the development for the district with ?745 million going into that sector.

He indicated that the funds from the HIPC Initiative are being judiciously used and expressed the hope that the people will benefit form the Initiative.

Source: Daily Graphic
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