Five-member committee to investigate Bonsu Arboretum Canopy Walkway accident

A five-member committee has been set up by the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council to investigate the July 1 Bonsu Arboretum Canopy Walkway accident.Deputy Regional Police Commander, A.C.P James Abass Abaah is chairman and Sarpong Boakye Yiadom of the R.C.C. secretary. Regional Fire Officer, A.C.F.O. P.K. Donkor, Alfred Agyemang of N.A.D.M.O and Bertha Appeynarh of the Ghana Tourism Board also make up the list.

The Abaah-led committee has two weeks to submit its findings, Regional Minister, Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere says

The accident is said to have happened when one of the hooks at the extreme ends of the walkway untethered, leading to several revelers getting injured.

Started in 2014 as part of the Bunso Arboretum Ecotourism Centre it is situated about 165km from Accra and about 3km from the Bonsu junction from the Accra-Kumasi road. It takes a 30 minutes’ drive from the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, and is sited close to the Seed Production Unit of the Ghana Cocoa Board.

Until recently, the centre was managed by the Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (PGRRI) of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and has been the habitat of over 300 butterfly species, 600 tropical trees and over 110 birds, some which are rare according to its handlers.

It is owned by businessman, Kenneth Akuffo Asare, who was also involved with the Kakum canopy walkway in the Central Region.The 320-metre walkway has five bridges and six platforms.

The 40-acre forest reserve that hosts the facility belongs to the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council who leased it to a mining firm in the twentieth century.
It was however given to another local company known as African Products Department for rubber and cocoa plantations in 1917.

It’s management was subsequently overtaken by two British nationals David Gillet and Frank Thompson who built a guest house in 1935. The guesthouse now serves as the official residence for the Vice Chancellor of the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies.

The facility was acquired by the Plant Genetic Resource and Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1946. They are current managers of the facility.

A popular tourist attraction, it records close to 6000 visitors on a good day. Ghana is the only country in Africa to have two of such facilities. – Kasapafmonline.com

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