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North East Region: Kwame Nkrumah’s “hideout” left to rot

The building, which was erected in the 1960s to serve as resting place for Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has been in a deplorable state for decades

Many tourist attraction spots have been left to rot in Ghana, which could have generated revenue to cushion the national coffers. Experts say what the government needs to do is to remodel some of these left-to-rot centres to boost domestic tourism.

One of such places is the abandoned Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah haven in Kareminga in the West Mamprusi Municipality of the North East Region.

Asaase News visited the three-bedroom building that has been left at the mercy of the weather after all the roofing materials were stolen by criminals.

The structure also has two halls, a detached underground water tank, and a kitchen but duty-bearers are not walking the talk as they keep promising the residents of the area of renovating the place to attract tourists.

Ghana's first President, Kwame Nkrumah's hideout in Kareminga in the North East Region left to rot | Picture: Dokurugu Alhassan
The hideout of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, in Kareminga, North East Region | Picture: Dokurugu Alhassan

According to local people, the structure has become a safe haven for armed robbers.

“The robbers always run and go and hide there,” the chief of Kareminga community, Siginaa Wuni, told Asaase News.

“So, during the night, they will come out and rob people of their sweat and people are accusing this community. So, they should try their best and rehabilitate it by converting it into a school, police station, or military camp so that it will help to mitigate the robbery attacks in this community,” he said.

The underground water tank now being used by armed robbers as a hideout | Photo: Dokurugu Alhassan
The underground water tank, now being used by armed robbers as a hideout | Photo: Dokurugu Alhassan

He called on tourism officials, especially the minister and the local authorities to come to their aid.

“People have been coming here and keep promising us that they will rehabilitate it and rebrand it with the name of Kwame Nkrumah but we don’t know what is blocking them … We are appealing to them to rehabilitate [it] for us,” Wuni added.

For his part, the West Mamprusi municipal director for cultural and tourism development, Abubakari Amidu, said that several appeals have been sent to the assembly to rehabilitate the building and that he is hoping that the appeal gets the needed attention.

The kitchen | Picture Dokurugu Alhassan
The kitchen | Photo: Dokurugu Alhassan

“The building was put up to house our former president Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah in the early Sixties but after his demise, the whole building has been left to rot. We have appealed to the assembly to renovate it.

Ghana's first President, Kwame Nkrumah's hideout in Kareminga in the North East Region left to rot | Picture: Dokurugu Alhassan
The hideout of Kwame Nkrumah in Kareming, North East Region | Photo: Dokurugu Alhassan

“At least, when it is renovated, tourists will be coming to have a look at it and then we can generate money out of that to support the assembly,” Amidu said.

Listen to the special report by Asaase Radio’s Dokurugu Alhassan on the state of the building:

 

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