MTCA Meet on Argo-cultural Tourism Festival



By Ayodele Deen Cole

A cross section of the National Steering Committee of the Agro-Cultural Tourism Festival (ACTF) with the Ministries of Tourism and Culture and Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security on Saturday 25th August, 2018 engaged stakeholders in Koinadugu and Falaba districts to update them on the proposed maiden festival as it was recently done in Bonthe district.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr. Illawin I.K. Robinson, who chaired the meeting, stressed that President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio is extremely interested in tourism to ensure effective and sustainable revenue mobilization in the country.

The Deputy Minister disclosed that the two line Ministries have resolved to work jointly to ensure that this end-of-year festival takes the ‘New Direction’ trend, noting that the event cannot be organized without consulting them as stakeholders.

In his statement, Paramount Chief Gbawuru Mansaray III of Wara Wara Yagala Chiefdom in Koinadugu district expressed gratitude to President Maada Bio, the honourable Ministers and staffs of the two Ministries for the planned end-of-year event that will involve the two districts.

PC Gbawuru Mansaray III promised to continue working assiduously with the District Officer and other key players in the district to enact bye-laws to ensure the protection and preservation of their heritage.

The Paramount Chief however appealed to government to facilitate more interior road construction projects thereby harnessing these agro-products which, he said, are in abundance in the two districts.

The Director of Culture, Mr. Foday Jalloh appealed to the people to support the government in promoting domestic tourism to attract international tourism.

Prominent amongst those who contributed at the meeting were the District Officer, Mr. Dipo K.V. Mansaray, Ministry of Agriculture representative, Mr. Mohamed Sesay, National Coordinator of ACTF, Mr. Thomas Humpah, Bonthe District Coordinator, Madam Elizabeth Ahmed Conteh, and community heads respectively.