The Tamale Airport, A Worthy Project

The Times lauds the government for initiating a project to expand and upgrade the Tamale airport, to international status.

On Tuesday, President John Mahama cut the sod for work to the commence on the $100 million project, scheduled for completion in September, next year.

The first phase of the project consists of the extension of the runway from the current 2,48 metres to about 4,000 metres to accommodate bigger aircraft, and the installation of lighting  systems to facilitate smooth take-offs and landing at night at the airport.

Upon completion, the airport is expected to serve as an alternative to the Kotoka International Airport, and would handle international assignments.

President Mahama was noticeably upbeat, as he cut the sod for the project which is envisaged to raise and enhance Ghana’s image as a prime investment destination.

It is no secret that successive governments had tried to open up the north for investments in diverse ways, but the upgrading and expansion of the Tamale airport would most definitely make the northern part of the country the centre of attraction for many businessmen and women, local and foreign.

Evidently, the airport would also open up opportunities for intra-West African trade, and the movement of people as well as goods and services across the borders, into the neigbouring countries.

In its trail would be economic benefits, not only for the north, but the entire country.

While we welcome the government’s plans to build a new international airport at Ningo/Prampam by public/private partnership, we are firm in our belief that the Tamale airport, upon completion, would be a major boost and achievement for the country.

We think that the economic challenges facing the north could be turned round with the opening of businesses, since investors would get to the north easily.

On the other hand, the aviation industry is booming and, therefore, it is laudable that Ghana is taking full advantage of it, with the Tamale airport and other in future.

We hope the people themselves would not sit on the fence, but take full advantage of the opportunities and openings which would come their way.

We entreat the contractors on the project and the Ghana Airport Company to attach seriousness to the work, and complete it on schedule.

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