A cluster of rocks shaped in the form of huge umbrellas believed to be one of the finest tourist attractions has been discovered near Begoro in the Fanteakwa District in the Eastern Region.
The artistically designed rocks with large spaces underneath, which have been named Odomankoma Ahenfie, were said to be the dwelling places of wild animals such as lions and tigers in the past. Spiritual power
The rocks are also said to have possessed spiritual powers in ancient times where the sick and others seeking fortune just had to touch to have their wishes fufilled.
However, due to centuries of exploiting the forest near Begoro on the Togo-Akuapem-Kwahu Mountain Range, the wild animals migrated from the place and the rocks also lost their spiritual powers, according to traditionalists in the area.
The Fanteakwa District Assembly, under the leadership of Mr Abass Fuseini Sbaabe, realising the tourist potential of the rocks, constructed a road to the facility, which was unveiled on Monday to coincide with the Easter activities. Julius Debrah
Addressing hundreds of revellers at the site, the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Julius Debrah, who was overwhelmed by the beauty of the rocks, said his outfit would support the development of the facility into a first-class tourist attraction.
Mr Debrah, who was there together with his deputy, Miss Mavis Ama Frempong, and the New Juaben Municipal Chief Executive, Dr Kwaku Owusu Acheampong, just said “this is a wonderful work of nature and we have to support the private sector to develop it to attract both local and foreign tourists”.
“It is, indeed, a golden hen that must be taken care of to lay the golden eggs for the development of the district and the country,” Mr Julius Debrah stated.
Highlighting the tourist facilities in the area, Mr Sbaabe said apart from the rocks, there were others such as eight waterfalls, a three-headed palm tree and another centuries-old palm tree from which Begoro derived its name, all of which, he indicated, must be developed to attract tourists. Awuah Kotoko
Osabarima Awuah Kotoko II, Begorohene and Benkumhene of Akyem Abuakwa, who led a large retinue to the site, was thankful to the regional minister and the district assembly for attaching a receptive centre to the facility to cater for revellers.
The Begorohene was hopeful that the infrastructure at the site would be improved with other recreational centres, as well as accommodation facilities.
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