Don’t Abandon Ho Airport Project

-MP Urges Govt

Hon Benjamin Kpodo, the Member of Parliament for Ho Central in the Volta Region, has called on the government to complete the Ho Airport project to open up the area for investors.

According to the MP, the project is so dear to the heart of the people of Ho and the Volta Region as a whole, and urged the government to ensure the project is completed.

In September 2015, former President John Mahama cut the sod for the Ho Aerodrome project, which is estimated to cost $25 million and expected to be completed in 2017.

The former President in December, 2016 commissioned the first phase, which is the runway and other strips, and also cut sod for the construction of the main terminal building before the end of 2017.

The aerodrome was about 76% complete and it was expected that work would continue with the hope that by March 2017, the terminal building would also have been completed to make way for commercial flights.

But the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which started the project lost the 2016 general elections, after commissioning the first phase runway.

However, in an interview with The Republic, in Accra yesterday,  the MP for Ho Central  constituency where the aerodrome is being built, said work has since stalled after the NDC left office, but expressed the hope that the Nana Akufo Addo-led government would continue.

He said the terminal building, which has a capacity to serve about 400 passengers per day and 150,000 passengers per year, needs to be completed to bring more investors for development in the area around the aerodrome project.

Mr.  Kpodo stated that, beside the immediate benefit to the constituents and its surrounding, it would further make Ghana an aviation hub in West African Coast.

The Ghana Airports Company Limited is financing the project with the first phase costing $25 million. It is being executed byAmandi Construction on a 1,500 acre land provided by the Asogli Traditional Area.

When completed, the Ho airport, which stands to provide both domestic and international trips, would boost the economy, as it would enhance tourism in the region and create jobs for the people.

The MP reminded President Akufo-Addo of his electoral campaign promise to continue with all the unfinished projects legitimately commenced by the National Democratic Congress Government, when he officially assumes office.

Mr. Kpodo also mentioned other projects, including the University of Health and Allied Science (UHAS) projects, the 18km  and 19km dual carriage roads at Klefe Achatime, Sokode, Takla Gbogame, Taviepe, Ziavie,-Dzogbe, Akoefe, Tanyigbe, Anfoeta, Mateh and Kpenoe.

He added that, some of the infrastructural developments in the region, especially the roads, if abandoned, could trigger serious agitation and urged the government to continue to complete the projects.

“Most of the roads in the Ho constituency are very important to us; the previous government started them to a stage where culverts and bridges were completed on some of the dual carriages. We are expecting that constructors should be on site to continue.”

“For me, development is my concern, the roads, the schools projects and others that were started by NDC should be continued region by the New Patriotic Party government. Development should not end when there is change of government,” he stated.

The MP, who spoke passionately about the development projects in his constituency, however, expressed fear that the capping of tax on some sources of funds could affect most of the projects.

He said, government has a task to provide for the developmental needs of the country and the people of Ho Central must have their share and completing the roads and other infrastructures works remained a desire for the people.

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com / Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

 

The Republic News Online

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