The Ghana Museums and Monuments Board says it will be charged for causing financial loss to the state if it goes ahead to give a share of proceeds realized from the Cape Coast and Elmina castles to the Traditional Councils of these respective areas.
It is therefore advising Chiefs and people of the Oguaa and Elmina Traditional areas to seek parliamentary approval if they want to be given a share of proceeds realized from the castles.
The Chiefs and people have been appealing to the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board through the President for a reinstatement of an arrangement which provided them a share of the proceeds.
An arrangement which was instituted by Former President John Agyekum Kuffuor has been withdrawn without any explanation to the Traditional councils.
Delivering an address at the grand durbar to climax this year’s Oguaa Fetu Afahye celebrations at Victoria Park on Saturday, the Paramount Chief of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II stated that the proceeds from the Cape Coast Castle was a form of an internally generated fund for the Traditional Council and sought the intervention of the president to reinstate the arrangement.
Paramount Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osaberima Kwesi Atta II
But the Deputy Director of Education at the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Cape Coast office, Mr. Kwesi Essel-Blankson tells ATL FM News the traditional council’s share has been withdrawn hence paying the royalties will amount to causing financial loss to the state.
He says the only way to reinstate the traditional council’s share of the proceeds from the castle is to legitimize it through parliamentary approval.
Source: Christian Baidoo / ATL FM News