President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday 11th May, 2022 renewed his promise to construct airport to serve the people of Central and Western Regions.
According to him, a consensus will soon be reached on the establishment of an airport that will serve both the Cape Coast and the Western regions. He said, a committee set to decide on the location of the Airport is yet to present its report for the project to take off as there cannot afford to establish two Airports in both regions.
President Akufo Addo made this known when the Ogua Traditional Council paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House.
The Ogua Traditional Council was at the Presidency to express gratitude to the government for the development brought to the region and the decision of the government to the Independence and farmers day to the region. This they noted attracted people from all walks of life to the region. The Omanhene of the Ogua Traditional Council, led by the Oguamanhene, Osabarima Kwesi Attah in expressed gratitude to the President for the development brought to Cape Coast. He however had more requests.
In response, President Akufo Addo said discussions are ongoing on the location of the Airport which will serve both the people of Cape Coast and the Western Region.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in October 2021 gave Oguaaman the fullest assurance of his government’s commitment to the Cape Coast Airport project.
He, however, said the government was considering an airport that would conveniently serve both the Central and the Western regions.
The promise to construct an airport in the Central Regional capital was made during the launch of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) 2020 election manifesto in Cape Coast on August 22, 2020.
Outlining excerpts of the manifesto during the launch, the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, said: “We will accelerate our investments in roads, railways and ports. And for the people of Cape Coast, I have good news for you — we are building a new harbour in Cape Coast and a new airport in Cape Coast.
“It is very critical that we do that. An airport makes a lot of sense in Cape Coast — it’s a real tourism hub. Among Greater Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast, you have a triangle that is really a hub of economic activities. It is a major growth pole if we put an airport there to drive infrastructural growth,” he said.
Since the manifesto launch, some government officials have given assurances that the project will surely become a reality.
In May 2021, the Minister of Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, assured the people of the Central Region that President Akufo-Addo’s promise to build an airport in Cape Coast was not an empty one but something that would be done.
Addressing the Central Regional House of Chiefs, the minister said, “I am making a firm promise that by the end of the four years, the airport would be built.”
In yet another instance, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, delivering the 2021 budget in Parliament on March 12, 2021 in his capacity as caretaker Minister of Finance, said feasibility studies for the development of an airport in Cape Coast had commenced.