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Kintampo Waterfall Safe – Tourism Minister

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The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku, has declared the Kintampo Waterfall a safe venue for travelers, holidaymaker and all individuals.

On Sunday, 19th March 2017, a tragedy at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region resulted in the loss of lives of twenty persons and the injury of about twenty-one persons.

The persons involved were mostly students from the Wenchi Senior High School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources who had gone on an educational tour.

The site was closed down for renovation following the incident but was reopened in October 2018 after the first phase of the renovation was completed.

The Government of Ghana constituted a committee which probed the disaster and made some recommendations.

Speaking on the floor of parliament last week following a presentation of the report on the disaster by the Parliamentary Committee on Trade and Industry and Tourism, Mrs Afeku assured tourists of safety at the Kintampo Waterfall.

“A lot of work has been done because of the committee’s recommendation they gave to the team that was on site. A typical example is the creation of a fire belt….as we speak, the community in conjunction with Ghana Tourism Authority have started a lot of tree planting exercise to control the forest around Kintampo waterfall, so that fire cannot enter the place as it happened”.

She further mentioned that the committee had “put in place well-trained tour guides who also act as rapid safety response team…”

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