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PRESIDENT GIVES CONTRACTORS 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE KUMASI AIRPORT

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked contractors working on the second phase of Kumasi Airport to ensure that the project is completed within 24 months.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked contractors working on the second phase of Kumasi Airport to ensure that the project is completed within 24 months.

 

President Akufo-Addo stated that, with funding secured for the project, “There should be no excuse for any delays by contractors to generate cost overruns. Delivery of the project on schedule should be the watchword of the contractors.”

The President issued this ultimatum yesterday when he cut the sod for commencement of work on the second phase of Kumasi Airport.

Describing it as a seminal moment in the growth and development of Kumasi, the President explained that “the expansion of this airport is a critical part of government’s vision to expand the frontiers of the aviation industry in the country, and to realise the dream of making Ghana an aviation hub in West Africa”.

The second phase of the project will cost an estimated €66.35 million (GH₵365.8m).

It will encompass extension of the current runway from 1,981 to 2,300 metres; construction of a new terminal building with the capacity to handle one million passengers a year; construction of an apron area and related taxiway; and undertaking of ancillary works.

Full commitment

With widespread youth unemployment the greatest threat to democracy and the stability of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stressed that the airport project will result in the creation of approximately 1,200 jobs.

“The completion of this project will form part of the multi-modal transportation system being embarked upon by government, comprising air, marine, railways and road transportation. The project will stimulate the growth of our country’s industrial and agricultural sectors, and boost the tourism potential of Ashanti,” he said.

He continued, “In addition to expected growth in domestic air travel, the completion of the project will ensure that the Kumasi Airport will serve as one of the key spokes of the Accra Kotoka International Airport (KIA). We should, as a result, witness significant expansion of traffic in domestic and regional routes.”

President Akufo-Addo assured the gathering that his government remains committed to the development of the domestic aviation industry, the removal of the 17.5% value added tax on domestic airfares last year being ample evidence of his team’s determination to facilitate the growth of the industry.

Over the past year, under the strong leadership of the sector minister, Cecilia Dapaah, the Ministry of Aviation has been engaging potential investors, domestic and foreign, to partner with the government to establish a new national carrier.

“I am reliably informed that that process should be complete by the end of the year. Indeed, other projects in the pipeline include the commencement of the second phase of Tamale Airport and the rehabilitation of Sunyani Airport. The Ho and Wa airports have now been completed and will soon become operational,” President Akufo-Addo said.