The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed that the government has received a recommendation to construct one airport to serve the Central and Western Regions.
According to the President, the recommendation, though yet to be officially submitted, came out of the committee setup to look into constructing airport that enclave.
President Akufo-Addo said this on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Jubilee House, when the Paramount Chief of Oguaa Traditional Area, led a delegation to pay a courtesy call.
Responding briefly to the issue of constructing an airport in Cape Coast, a campaign promise, President Akufo-Addo informed the chief the idea was not out of the plate, but there was a problem.
He explained that the twin region to Cape Coast, Western, has also requested for an airport to be constructed for them.
He added that a committee he had set up was looking into the possibility of an airport each for the two close region, however, unofficial information from the sector Minister pointed that one to serve the two would suffice.
“The airport. There is a little issue with the [Cape Coast] airport. Central wants an airport and Western region also want and airport. So, the committee I have setup to look into it and bring a report has not submitted their official report. But the few I have gathered is that the committee is recommending that instead of having two airports, there could be one somewhere in the middle between the Western region and the Central region so, it can serve both regions.
“We are waiting for the report to give the go ahead to start the construction process. So, give us a little time. But whatever be the case there will be an airport in this striking distance, but not a 100% for Central region but a mixture of Central region and the Western region [at] some strategic place which I believe you will agree to, to help us all,” he ended.
The President, touching on the renovation of the first elementary school in Ghana, the Philip Quaque Boys’ School, said he had discussed with the Education Minister, and soon, the chief would hear something about that.
The Paramount Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Arthur II, in his address made a passing comment to inquire into the status of the government’s plan to construct an airport for the people of region.
Philip Quaque Boys’ School
The other issue the chief raised with the President was the renovation of the oldest boys’ school, Philip Quaque Boys’ School.
According to the chief, they had discussed with the President when he lasted visited the region, and yesterday was a reminder for him to act on that for them, “…and our airport.”
Osabarima Kwesi Arthur II, told President Akufo-Addo they had visited him to commend him for the tremendous attention the government was giving to the region.
He cited the recent national events held in Central Region, and the developmental projects ongoing, but asked that more followed.