HWEDIEM, Ghana – Flowing from a hanging rock above several meters, before falling steeply over a rocky ledge into a plunge pool, below with rainy effects as the watery breeze wet every object, is the nature of the Kyiriyawa waterfalls.
The beautiful waterfall located in a virgin forest at Hwediem, a farming community in the Asante Akim North District of the Ashanti region is a fascinating sight to behold, but, yet to be known to many people.
The waterfall, according to residents in the community, had never ceased to flow since it was discovered by the people many years ago.
However, the rocky mountainous nature of the footpath leading to the site and the inability of the people to develop it has compelled the waterfall to remain in its natural habitat, unable to find suitors to celebrate its unadulterated beauty.
According to the people, several appeals to the District Assembly and other private investors to come and help develop the waterfall to attract tourists have yielded no results.
Mr Eric Boateng, the Assembly Member for Hwediem Electoral Area told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during a visit to the site that efforts made over the years to get the attention of the authorities to the potential of the fascinating nature’s gift to the people of the area, had not received any response.
He said the development of the waterfall into a tourist centre would not only help create employment opportunities for the people but would also help open the area for other business activities to improve the living conditions of the people.
According to Mr Boateng, the socio-economic value of the waterfall could not be underestimated, and it was time the district assembly showed keen interest and facilitate the process to get the site developed into a tourist site.
The deplorable nature of the road leading to the Hwediem community is probably the first major setback to attract people to the waterfall.
Mr Akwasi Dwamena, a resident of the community who is extremely passionate about the need to develop the site described the present situation of the waterfall as worrying and called on the Ghana Tourism Authority to collaborate with the District Assembly to find ways of marketing the potential of the waterfall to help attract investments.
He said constructing the road leading to the site would be a major step in boosting investors’ confidence in coming to develop the site.
Madam Akua Asibi, also a resident, called on the government to turn its attention to the site to help create jobs for the women and youth in the community and bring more development to the area.
The development of the Kyiriyawa waterfall into a tourist site will help consolidate the image of the Ashanti region as the leading tourism destination centre in Ghana, especially in natural waterfalls, lakes, and forest attractions.