Picture courtesy of Awoko.org (http://www.awoko.org/)
Almost two years after the beach bars were demolished by truckloads of soldiers and armed police to make way for tourism revamp just how is that going? How is the beautification process coming along? No, honestly. Because I may have missed it. Maybe just getting rid of the bars was seen as beautification itself? How long do the trees need? What are those structures starting to rare their pop up where the beach bars used to be? Roy’s for example? I’m not knocking Roy’s because I like what they’ve done but it proves the point that existing owners could have been given the opportunity to modify their establishments.
In any case, this post isn’t about the bars being gone. It is about what has failed to follow. Forget the trees for a second… why is there still no power along the beach in 2010? All these shiny new restaurants and hotels like the Taia Resort have to generate their own power.
I mean, common… this is an accessible, flat stretch that already has power at the Police Post (Aberdeen end) and Golf Club (Lumley end) in the capital city.
As the President rightly tells us every now and again, infrastructure is the foundation for economic growth. So, maybe the Tourism Ministry would do well to gather round their friends from Energy and Power and any other related Ministry and get Lumley Beach out of the dark ages. Sometimes, I am tempted to believe that the powers that be are scared of Tourism development in this country and as a result, sub-consciously or otherwise, sabotage it.
Please, this is not 1910 it’s 2010 and this is our city beach; and filthy though it may be (for another article), we love it still. So if the Ministry is serious about the ‘tourism revamp’ along the beach, this would be a good start – two years later.
See earlier article about the demolition: