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Gambia: Situation in Makasutu Culture Forest Worrying – Minister

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Tourism and Culture Minister Hamat N.K. Bah has expressed anxiety over the current situation of the Makasutu Culture Forest in Kembujeh village, West Coast Region.

The minister, who visited the renowned and award winning Makasutu Culture Forest with his delegation in his recent visits to tourism facilities across the country, emphasised that under no circumstance should the management and stakeholders allow the place to run-down.

Mr. Bah, who had taken his time to conduct a thorough tour of the ecotourism facility lamented with heavy heart that “Makasutu has won so many international recognition, prizes and awards. It is a unique project in Africa but to see it dilapidated is a blow in our hearts.”

“To be honest, this place should never be like this. It is very disappointing. This place is extremely good but its present condition is very bad for our tourism,” Minister Bah added.

The workers affirmed to the Minister that the place is among facilities that had received the disbursed Covid-19 support for resilience and recovery fund. The minister then advised them to start the renovation gradually without further delay no matter how small or big the amount.

He suggested to the management that the renovation can start from the public area gradually “because if the public area is done there is chance for attraction as people can come for lunch and other activities as usual.”

Minister Bah reiterated that “something needs to be done because we cannot let this place dilapidate, we will not, because it is part of the qualities we are expecting and the name and brand of the place cannot be left to go down.”