Mahama Breaks Tamale Airport Grounds

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…With Questions Over Eastern Corridor Roads

The President, John Dramani Mahama, yesterday cut sod for expansion works on the Tamale airport, in the Northern Region, to begin, but with couple of questions.

First was the status of the Eastern Corridor Road, which is to link Greater Accra, Eastern, Volta to the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.

Secondly, the number of people flying from Tamale to other parts of the world apart from the annual Hajj pilgrims to Mecca, often use the Eastern corridor road.

Many would have like to see the construction of the roads, which will bring foodstuffs to the city for export and other things commenced.

Indeed, there are claims that the roads to Northern Region through the Volta Region in particular, had become a death trap to commuters.

According to official reports, the Tamale airport will be able to serve international flights when work is completed in September, next year.

The first phase of the project consists of the extension of the runway from the current 2,480 metres to about 3,940 metres and the installation of a complete lighting system to accommodate bigger aircrafts.

Deputy Transport Minister, Joyce Bawa Motgari, in an interview with Joy News, was confident that timelines for completion of the project would be met.

“In this particular instance, I don’t envisage any such gaps or mishaps in terms of funding, expertise or what-have-you. The money is available…This is a project we are looking forward to”, said Motgari.

Already, preparatory works have commenced on the US$100-million upgrading and expansion project.

Brazilian contractors, Queiroz Galvao, have tested the soil and taken measurements for work to begin.

The same contractor is constructing the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange.

The contractors, have also put finishing touches to their accommodation and office structures, comprising warehouses, a laboratory, a canteen and a medical centre at the Air Force base in Tamale.

With an average annual growth of 10 per cent, Ghana’s aviation industry is one of the fastest-growing and competitive in the West African sub-region.

Currently, Ghana’s aviation sector is supported by airports and aerodromes namely, the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and regional airports located in Kumasi, Tamale and Sunyani, as well as various airstrips dotted around the country.

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