Work On Tamale Airport Upgrading Begins Today

DZIFA ATIVOR MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (1)President John Dramani Mahama will today cut the sod for work to begin on the expansion and upgrading of the Tamale airport to raise it to international status.

Not only the people of the Tamale metropolis are anxiously waiting for the up-grading of the airport into international status but the entire three northern regions and neigbouring countries such as Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina-Faso are all wishing and hoping that this laudable idea is actualized.

Making Tamale airport as international airport would not only lessen the burden and encumbering of international business men and women but would also help reduce the high poverty situation in the area as many young guys would be able to secure jobs as it would attract numerous investors in the metropolis.

The influx of both local and international investors that the airport would be able to woo into the north would also curb violence conflicts that the metropolis experienced intermittently as many of the youth be fully engaged as old proverbs says ‘the devil finds work idle hands’.

It is therefore no wonder the residents of the region particularly various paramount chiefs and opinion leaders are bracing themselves for the sod cutting ceremony tomorrow.

The sod cutting ceremony of the up-grading of airport is the talk of town, in deed every single individual in the Tamale metropolis seems prepared for it.

The preparation for the expansion works of the Airport begun in earnest as far back in June when the contractors for the projects arrived in Tamale.

Queiro Galvao construction, a Brazilian construction company has put up some structures and equipment to commence the project to ensure smooth and impeccable execution of the project.

This expansion is not only to put a facelift of the Tamale airport but also to make it international standard.

The expansion work which is to cost $100,000,000 is part of government’s effort to improve domestic flight as well as make Tamale airport an international airport to receive bigger planes.

The Planning and Engineering Manager Thiago Pinao last June briefing media and the Minister of Transport Mrs. Dzifa Peace Aku Ativor who visited the project cite to inspect level of preparation said the company is much ready and waiting for government to cut sod to commence work of the project.

The Phase one of the Tamale Airport expansion includes 1,460 meters Runways work and a landing light system to ensure twenty-four hour operations.

He said 86 workers comprising 33 locals, 15 expatriates, and 38 subcontractors are already on site .

The Project Engineer said accommodation, canteen, clinic and other facilities have been put in place to ensure the welfare of the workers to enable them discharge their duties well.

He said the projects would engage more of the youths in the region to increase the employment rate and called for stakeholders’ collaboration to ensure a blissful project.

Engineer Pinao revealed that some materials needed for the project would be acquired in Ghana since most raw materials were of high quality.

According to him, measures are being put in place to meet the challenges of the rain in order not to disrupt the project but to meet the deadline.

The project which duration is 17 months is expected to start next month and complete September next year.

He insisted that the project would not hamper the smooth operation of the domestic planes which has been helping to boost business in the region as well as frustrate investors.

The rehabilitation of the first phase of the 4000 meters run ways would accommodate bigger planes to boost business in the North he stressed.

This would also attract more investors since the rehabilitation would pave way for construction of a warehouse, hotels as well as other facilities that would make business conducive for all to ensure economic growth which would go a long way to reduce the unemployment rate confronting the people.

The Transport Minister Mrs. Dzifa Peace Aku Ativor who is in Tamale ahead of the sod cutting ceremony tomorrow expressed satisfaction at the level of preparation commended the contractors putting in measures for smooth take off of the project.

“All the necessary measures and material needed for the projects have been secure and station at the cite” she stated.

From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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