…facility to boost domestic tourism
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Mrs. Catherine Afeku has officially cut sod for the construction of the multi-purpose Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Museum at Akuapem Mampong.
The project which would begin this year would be completed in 2020. Mrs. Afeku noted that the museum, in full operation, would drive huge domestic tourist flow to Akuapem Mampong and its environs.
When completed, the ultra-modern edifice, is expected to showcase the upstream and downstream operations of the cocoa industry in Ghana.
“This US$3 million project is expected to immortalise the late Tetteh Quarshie, who first sowed the cocoa seeds and commercialised the planting of cocoa into a cash crop and since then, it has been a major foreign income earner for this country,” she emphasised.
Mrs. Afeku noted that the facility would transform the rural farming town of Mampong into a vibrant national and international tourism destination of choice, with potential avenues for job creation for the local people.
CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Akwasi Agyemang, explained that, the project would deepen value addition to the cocoa industry.
“To have a place where young people, non-Ghanaians and expats, will come through to have interactive sessions, reading about Tetteh Quarshie, experiencing the pod, walking through the farm and seeing the value chain, how it is processed to its end product, all in the museum is an advantage that will increase tourist flow into Mampong and Ghana,” Mr. Agyemang said.
The GTA, he explained, would ensure that the facility, when completed, would be well managed to bring maximum benefits to both Ghana and the people of Akuapem Mampong.
Osabarima Kwame Otu Darte III, Chief of Akuapem Mampong, commended the government for the initiative and promised their unwavering support for the project.
The project’s architect, Hussein Fahkry, told the Goldstreet Business that, facilities in the museum, when completed, would include multi-purpose 500 seater capacity conference hall, cocoa research centre, restaurant, internet café, theatre for education and entertainment and an office complex.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe