President Akufo-Addo, right now [Thursday] minimize the sod for the commencement of the 2nd Period of the Tamale Airport challenge.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the development of an ultra-fashionable terminal creating, with each other with a multi-objective Hajj facility, and other ancillary amenities, will present the needed impetus for greater financial and buying and selling actions.
He stated it will also strengthen the position of Tamale as a sub-Saharan hub for flights to and from neighbouring West African international locations and the Sahel Region.
The Tamale Intercontinental Airport, when accomplished, will also serve as a complement to the Accra Kotoka Global Airport.
Considerably, it is also predicted that the completion of the job will make Tamale the centre of Hajj-related activities in the nation, and will aid seamless travels from Ghana right to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca.
The President instructed the gathering that the 2nd Section of the Tamale Airport challenge, believed at a charge of $70 million, is anticipated to be completed in 30 (30) months.
It will encompass the subsequent features style for the scope of works design of a modular airport terminal setting up of close to 5,000 sq. metres, which is expandable in the long term design of a Hajj facility of around 1,000m2 building of a solitary carriageway accessibility street construction of landside and airside infrastructure tailored to the terminal size and building of drinking water, energy and sewerage infrastructure considered essential for normal functions.
“Funding for this task has been secured, produced possible by services from United kingdom Export Finance and KfW IPEX-Financial institution of Germany, for which we are grateful. Progress mobilization has been processed for payment to the contractors,” he explained.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “Thirty months is 30 months, and the contractors ought to produce the task on routine to prevent any expense overruns.”
Payment has been paid out to all individuals and groups impacted by this task, and, so, we anticipate a very sleek challenge cycle.
As component of the Government’s take care of to raise domestic aviation pursuits, the President indicated that a host of other assignments are on-likely, and these involve Phases 2 and 3 of Kumasi Airport, and the rehabilitation of Sunyani Airport.
“In addition to the progress of infrastructure for the domestic aviation sector, the elimination, in 2017, by Govt of the 17.5% VAT on domestic ticket income has decreased the value of tickets, and doubled the frequency of domestic air travels. We are established to strengthen the domestic aviation industry,” he included.
President Akufo-Addo urged the operators and regulators of the country’s airports, as properly as the Lands Fee, to sit up and make certain that lands, belonging to the country’s airports, are managed adequately and duly safeguarded, not only for long run assignments of expansion but also for safeguarding lives and house.
To Yaa Na Mahama Abukari II, who was present at the event, the President stated that “I guarantee you that this project is a indicator of increased things to occur for Tamale and the Northern Area and, in fact, for the entire nation. Government’s determination to the development of all elements of Ghana, with no discrimination, is absolute.”