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The Wa-Na’s palace might not see any repair soon. Tourism Minister Jake Obetsebi Lamptey says government cannot rehabilitate the dilapidated palace of the Wa-Na unless the two feuding royal factions come to a resolution.
The palace, a grand edifice inhabited by successive chiefs of Wa for centuries has been designated a UN Heritage site. But it is in a state of ruins due to lack of maintenance.
Government took control of the palace following the chieftaincy crisis in the town and promised to rehabilitate it two years ago.
Recently in Parliament, the MP for Wa Central Rashid Pelpuo criticised government’s inaction.
However speaking to Joy News, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey rejected assertions that government had failed to rehabilitate the palace.
He said the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, which had the requisite experience in such restoration jobs, were awarded the contract and actually started work.
He said the work came to a standstill when the workers were chased away by the feuding factions and the initial equipment and materials assembled for the job left to deteriorate.
Jake said any future return to the work would have to be conditioned on the desire of the people to ensure the workers of their safety and peace.
Some ¢400 million is said to have been voted for the rehabilitation project but lack of corporation from indigenes has made it impossible for work to progress.