The Cape Coast Metro Assembly CCMA says it is renovating the colonial European Cemetery at Bakaano here in Cape Coast as part of the assembly’s plans to improve tourism and also to establish Cape Coast as the tourism capital of Ghana.
The cemetery is a 19th century burial ground for the British Colonial Garrison, stationed inside the Cape Coast Castle.
Despite its significance and international character, the cemetery is yet to be made fully attractive to be appreciated by visitors to the metropolis.
The CCMA identifies poor sanitation as one drawback to realising the full tourism potential of the metropolis. Whilst working at improving the sanitation situation, the assembly is at the same time making tourist sites more attractive and accessible.
In an exclusive interview with ATL FM News, the Public Relations Officer of CCMA, Richmond Yeboah says the assembly will this year, renovate other tourism monuments in the metropolis.
“The Assembly has a policy that going into 2018, we will improve the internally generated funds by renovating the military cemetary to add to our tourism attraction. The forts will also receive attention to become attractive sites. What it means is that the Assembly is promoting and expanding tourism so if we fail to keep the city clean, we are not doing anything good. Therefore we have a commitment to keep the city clean and to improve the tourism income to be able to support the activities of the Assembly in providing goods to our citizens” the PRO noted.
Ten years ago the Prince Claus Foundation in the Nertherlands under its Cultural Emergency Programme supported the restoration of the cemetery with 30,000 euros.
Source: ATL FM News