Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has expressed interest in buying two of the most storied buildings in Ghana, namely the Elmina and Cape Coast castles.
Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has challenged the government of Ghana and the people and chiefs of the Central region to sell him the Cape Coast and Elmina castles.
The businessman, believed to be one of the richest men in Ghana, wants the two historic building privatised so that a new owner would maximise the tourism potential of the oft-visited castles.
The lawmaker has already made public plans to stay off politics after his tenure ends in 2020 and intends to venture into tourism.
He has bemoaned the state of the two buildings that he claims are rotting away due to lack of proper tourism promotion.
He indicated an intention to massively invest in the two castles if given the opportunity, adding that pictures of the tunnel leading to the sea will be taken to serve as reference when they are expanded.
Agyapong was quoted as saying: "I’m challenging the regional house of chiefs, people of Central region and CEDECOM to sell to me both Cape Coast and Elmina Castles on just one condition.
We will take pictures of the tunnel leading to the sea and then we will open up that tunnel for people to walk through it, we will put a ship or build a big restaurant on the sea, its simple."
The two buildings are centuries old forts built by European traders that housed them and their goods. These forts became the points at which slaves were kept before shipping to European plantations.
While Elmina was built by the Portuguese in 1482, the Cape Coast Castle was built by the Swedes in 1653.
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Source: Yen Newspaper