The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central constituency, Kennedy Agyapong has challenged the Regional House of Chiefs and people of the Central Region to go into privatization by selling the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles to him to take tourism to another level that will shock all and sundry.
The lawmaker who said he plans to stay off politics and venture into tourism complained that the enviable Castles in the region have been rotting away due to lack of proper tourism promotion.
The Controversial business mogul suggested that the two Castles need to be given facelift in order to attract foreigners, saying the slaves’ dungeon route leading to the sea needs massive expansion.
In an interview with Net2 TV monitored by MyNewsGh.com he explained that if the Castles are sold to him, he will build a big ship on the sea with accompanying services such as restaurants which will transport tourists to their chosen destinations.
He indicated that he will invest massively 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 it’s expanded.
‘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, you write point of no return,’ he explained in an interview with Net2 TV monitored by MyNewsGh.com.
According to him, he gets sad anytime he sees the Castles being wasted away envisaging that he will; reap more cash than the House of Chiefs and CEDECOM get if they agree to bet with him by selling the Castles to him.
He further opined that a play should be enacted about the slaves for tourists when they visit the Castles with charges ranging from 100 dollars upwards explaining that the era of people explaining the conditions in which the slaves were sold is over.
‘The tickets will include the play and the restaurant services, you can charge about 100 dollars, that is how you are going to make money,’ he said.
The two castles were used as trading points where slaves were kept before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas.