The Kintampo waterfalls tourist site in the Brong Ahafo Region has been closed down indefinitely, following Sunday’s incident that claimed the lives of about 18 students.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture explained that the closure is to enable thorough security and safety checks at the site.
Tourism, culture and Creative Arts Minister, Catherine Afeku says her administration will push for the regularization of the operations of all tourist sites in the country.
She said a Legislative Instrument (LI) is needed to regulate activities of tourist site operators and ensure that the necessary safety measures are in place at these sites.
Speaking on Adom FM’s morning show ‘Dwaso Nsem’, the Minister, who is also MP for Evalue Ajomoro Gwira said for tourist sites in the country to be safe, certain measures must be put in place and she will ensure that these are done.
“The LI will be specific to the management and revenue sharing strategies of tourist sites,” she said.
Mrs Afeku was speaking two days after 19 students died at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region.
The students, from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources, were bathing in the pond beneath the waterfall during a heavy rain storm on Sunday when a tree along the banks broke, crashing them to death.
Mrs Afeku said, although during her visit there were no such persons in sight, the need for regulatory measures to be put in place cannot be underestimated.
She said her administration will ensure that people who will be working at the site subsequently, will be taken through some form of training.
Once we get to Accra, we will speak to the Speaker of Parliament and my other colleague MP and ask that an LI is passed to help us regulate the activities of these tourist sites.