Gov’t spent $29 million on Kumasi Airport

Mrs Dzifa Attivor,Transport MinisterGovernment has spent an amount of US$29 million on the rehabilitation of the Kumasi Airport, Mrs. Dzifa Attivor told Parliament yesterday.

The Minister, who was invited by the House to give the total cost breakdown of the project, explained that the rehabilitation of the existing airfield pavement together with consultancy services cost US$23,829,271.48 and US$ 409,829.42 respectively.

She said the provision of aeronautical ground lighting systems at the airport cost US$4,659,547.79 while consultancy services cost US$194,449.21.

The Kumasi Airport which  is one of the key domestic airports in the country supporting domestic air travel, was built in 1943 and is currently served by Antrak ,Africa World and Star Bow Airlines.

She told the members that the scope of works for the two components, included patch repair works, correction of undulating surface, provision and placing of Asphalt Reinforcement Grid (ARG)  on regulating course , provision and placing of 70mm thick Marshal asphalt on top of the ARG, pavement marking as well as earthworks to the runway strip to ensure compliance with ICAO and GCAA requirements .

Others include a 50mm thick wearing coarse construction of drains around the link taxiway and aprons ,design, supply and installation of AGL system as well as training.

In another development, the Income Tax Bill 2015, National Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2015, Immigration Service Bill 2015, as well as the Wildlife Resources Management Bill 2015, were presented and read for the first time.

As at press time yesterday evening, the members were in the process of approving the formula for the District Assemblies Common Fund and the National Health Insurance Fund allocation formula for this year.

By Yaw Kyei      

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