Don’t Make Ho Airport Useless – Togbe Afede


Togbe Afede
Despite the pomp and pageantry that welcomed the sod-cutting of the Ho Airport, the President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs (VRHC), Togbe Afede XIV, has reiterated the concerns of many experts and business-inclined residents of the Volta Regional capital.

According to the eminent chief, who is known as an astute businessman on the African continent, the Ho Airport will become a white elephant if it does not get the needed regular patronage it requires to remain operational and relevant.

The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State gave the caution when he gave an address at the groundbreaking event of the Ho Airport which is being constructed by the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL).

The project, which has been on the drawing board since the time of Ghana’s First President Kwame Nkrumah, became one of the major campaign promises of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during the 2012 elections.

In April this year, a local company, Falcon Crest, began preparatory works on the 1,500 acre land located at Titrinu, off the Ho-Kpetoe road, a portion called Mile 48  and controlled by the 66 Artillery Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The main construction is being done by Amandi Holdings Company Limited with full funding from the GACL.

Togbe Afede, who is a partner of a local airline company, Africa World Airlines (AWA), urged Ghanaians to patronise the airport. He said, ‘Let us all patronise the services of the airport else all this that we are doing [referring to the airport and the groundbreaking] will amount to nothing.’

He then commended the President and the NDC government for taking steps to fulfil their promise, noting that it will raise the status of Ho for it to be counted among the few cities in the world with airports of their own.

Volta To Open Up
The President of the Republic of Ghana, President Mahama, who arrived an hour late, was hopeful that the airport would open up the Volta Region, attract investors and boost agriculture, trade and other socio-economic activities in the area.

He said the project, when completed, would have a runway of 1,900 meters long and 30 meters wide, an apron for parking aircrafts, an air traffic control tower and a terminal building of 150,000 passenger capacity annually. It will also have a nine-kilometre road network around it and an airport city with a business centre and all other needed amenities.

He promised that the deplorable roads in the region will soon be given adequate attention to ensure their swift completion.

Ghana As Aviation Hub
The Managing Director of the GACL, Charles Kwame Asare, noted that the project was part of his outfit’s vision of making Ghana a preferred aviation hub in West Africa. He said as a result, they are also poised to give world class services and quality customer care.

The Minister of Transport, Dzifa Aku Attivor, noted that the Ho project was just the beginning and that the next in line was Wa in the Upper West Region, followed by the Western Region and the Central Region.

A representative of Amandi Holdings Company Limited, the firm undertaking the project, assured that the project will be completed on schedule. DAILY GUIDE gathered that the project is estimated to cost $26 million.

Also in attendance was the Volta Regional Minister, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, her deputy Francis Ganyaglo, Tony Lithur, Board Chairman of the GACL, Togbe Fiti of Aflao, Togbe Agorkorli of Notsie in the Republic of Togo, and all Municipal and District Chief Executives in the region among others.

From Fred Duodu Ho ([email protected])


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