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Gwollu Community Builds Museum to Promote Tourism

2006-05-08 08:00:46
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The Gwollu Community in the Sissala West District is building a museum to preserve relics that were abandoned during the Samori and Babatu wars in the 19th century. The project is to add impetus to the rich tourism potentials in the area that has been classified by UNESCO as a "Slave Route" and attracted about 340 tourists last year.

Mr Ishmael Madah, the District Chief Executive who was speaking to newsmen at Gwollu, named the prominent tourists sites in the community as the slave defence wall, the traditional bone-setting clinic, the sacred crocodile ponds, the indigenous iron smelting industry at Nyemitie and the tomb of former President Hilla Limann. He said the district assembly had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) to draw the first medium term development plan in order to give the district a sense of direction to achieve its goals. On water and sanitation Mr Madah said TBL Resources had signed a 2.2 billion cedis contract with the assembly to undertake civil works on the Gwollu Small Town Water System under the Community Water and Sanitation Agency.

Under the Community Based Rural Development Project, 15 boreholes would be drilled for 15 communities in the district to minimize the incidence of water borne diseases.

He said the district assembly had paid 25.2 million cedis as sponsorship packages to 45 teacher trainees pursuing the Untrained Teachers Diploma in Basic Education programme at the Tumu Training College.


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