The Chief of Kareminga community in the West Mamprusi Municipality of the North East Region, Siginaa Wuni, has called on the Minister for Tourism to undertake the restoration of the abandoned Kwame Nkrumah hideout in Kareminga, returning it to its former glory.
Constructed in the early 1960s to host Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the building has sadly been left to deteriorate. The premises are now overgrown with weeds, and criminals have pilfered its roofing materials.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah used the hideout as a place of respite during his visits to the Northern part of the country for official duties.
The building, which includes three bedrooms, two halls, a detached underground water tank, and a kitchen, has remained abandoned since Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s passing.
Local residents report that armed robbers have taken to using the building as a hideout and a base for their criminal activities. It has become a frequent location for their operations.
The chief is urging the Minister of Tourism to revamp the building, aiming to attract tourists to the site rather than allowing it to serve as a refuge for criminals.
He stated, “the armed robbers are hiding in the water tank there. They always run and go and hide there. So, during the night, they will come out and rob people. So, they [tourism ministry] should try their best and rehabilitate it by converting it into a school, police station, or military camp so that it will help the community,” he said.
“People have been coming here and keep promising us that they will rehabilitate it but we are not seeing any change”.
“Now, the building has no benefit to the community yet armed robbers are using it to rob people. So my appeal is that the district assembly and the tourism ministry should come and rehabilitate for us,” he stressed.
“People have been coming here and keep promising us that they will rehabilitate it, but we are not seeing any change.”
“Now, the building has no benefit to the community yet armed robbers are using it to rob people. So, my appeal is that the district assembly and the tourism ministry should come and rehabilitate it for us,” he emphasized.
Local residents believe that the renovated building could generate significant revenue for the district assembly.