Let’s support the Accra mega project work!

IT was a historic event last Friday. The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, revived a project that has been on the drawing board for the past 54 years and its implementation has eluded successive governments, after it was conceptualised by the First President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1963.

We are referring to the marine drive project with the dual benefits of beautifying the national capital as a modern city and a preferred destination for tourists, with huge anticipated revenue inflows and jobs.

The project which is being implemented in phases involve the construction of board walk, restaurants, founders park to honour Ghana’s founding fathers , a 300-seater concert hall, landing site for fisher folks, a wharf, modern fish market, commercial properties, malls, hotels and office complexes.

Undoubtedly, the project touches the heart of our fisher folks who are on the brink of poverty partly due to lack of complementary interventions to boost their job. We are hopeful that our fisher folks would see the project as part and parcel of their lives and support its smooth implementation.

Likewise, we encourage all the people living along the coastal areas to lend their support to ensure the success of the project.

We are confident by the exciting scenes we watched that our revered traditional authorities’ who graced the occasion of the sod-cutting performed by the President, have fully offered their blessings for the implementation of the mega project which would certainly uplift the image of the national capital.

It is without doubt that Accra has had its fair share of infrastructure development to befit its status as the national capital to make the city the gateway to trade and investment in the West African sub-Region. It is significant to note that the infrastructural development of the national capital is as a result of the peace and stability the country is enjoying from democratic governance.

Indeed, peace and stability are sine qua non for socio-economic development; because investors would not put their resources into a chaotic environment.

It is in this light that the Ghanaian Times lauds the call by Nii Ayi-Bonte II, Gbese Mantse and Adonten of the Ga state, for unity amongst Ga chiefs to make the project achieve its objectives. Fact is, the project has huge potential to open Accra up to more investment and businesses to grow the economy for the benefit of Ghanaians.

Not only that, about 150,000 jobs are expected to be created during the project implementation and that is expected to be filled by the teeming unemployed youth mostly from the project area.

We are hopeful also that all Ghanaians would see the opportunities inherent in the project which many describe as the biggest beach front facility to be undertaken by any government and take advantage of it.

While we commend the government for taking the bold step to implement the project, we cannot fail to recognise the contribution of the immediate past government and the former Minister of Tourism for initiating the revival of the project.

Altogether, we are of the firm conviction that the call by the Gbese Mantse is a sign of good things to come from the custodians of the Ga State and we look forward to cooperation from the entire country to ensure the success of the project.

 

 

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