President Akufo-Addo has responded to calls for the construction of an airport in Cape Coast indicating that the need for such a facility is yet to be established owing to the two existing airports in Accra and Takoradi.
In March this year, some residents of Cape Coast hit the streets with a “No Airport No Vote” protest pushing for the construction of an international airport which they believe would create more job opportunities for the youth and reduce unemployment in the metropolis and the region at large.
But responding to this demand in an interview on ATLFM on Friday, President Akufo-Addo explained the need for such a facility must be established.
“This is a place which is one and a half hours from the capital which has a major international airport and there is also an airport in Takoradi. The response of the government should come after the matter has been thoroughly examined and the need has been established and the ministry of Aviation has begun the process to be able to decide whether the need for the airport can be justified” he said.
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President Akufo-Addo also hinted that a similar process has begun in the Eastern Region where he hails from to also ascertain whether an airport will be needed in that region.
“The Ministry of Aviation is doing the same with Koforidua in the region from which I come which is also another regional location very near to Accra to ascertain whether there is the need for an additional airport after those in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, and Takoradi”.
President Akufo-Addo is in the Central Region for a three-day working tour.
Lydia Sekyi Acquah/ATLFMNEWS