Awulae Kuluchie IV, Chief of the Tiapoum Traditional Area and Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah

Western Regional Minister joins Ivorians to mark Kundum Festival

Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah joined Ivorians to celebrate their Kundum Festival in Cote D’Ivoire.

The Regional Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Takoradi Constituency, spoke about how significant the Kundum Festival is and the opportunities thereof in terms of tourism.

“There are so many commonalities with your Kundum here in Ivory Coast and that of the people in Ghana. We are one people with the same cultural values and heritages irrespective of the artificial border. So your invitation is in order.”

He also admitted that the growing reports of nightmarish experiences business men and women go through at the borders are a huge disincentive to the economy of countries at both ends of the border.

He was responding to challenges enumerated by Awulae Kuluchie IV, Chief of the Tiapoum Traditional Area.

“We go through a lot of difficulties when we have to use the Jaway Wharf Border,” Awulae had complained.

“Indeed, it is worrying the numerous obstacles impeding the smooth movement of people and goods across the country’s borders,” the regional minister responded.

Nonetheless, he explained that government will continue to engage its ECOWAS counterparts to ensure that the basic human rights of free movement enshrined in both country’s constitution is protected.

“I will re-echo this concern at cabinet.”

He extended an invitation to the Awulae and his community to come and witness the Sekondi-Takoradi Street Carnival in December.

“There are so many tourist attractions you can see as well. I’m also urging you to send your school children including those in University to come to Ghana for excursions so that they learn more and in so doing deepen the bond and ensure peaceful coexistence.”

Awulai Kuluchie IV commended the regional minister for his continuous campaign to promote the Western Region.


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