BOANKRA INLAND PORT PROJECT IS ABOUT TO BOUNCE BACK – TRADE MINISTER PROMISES
Trade and Industry Minister, Hon. Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng has announced that the government will cut the sod for the reconstruction of the abandoned Boankra Inland Port Project in the Ashanti region in the coming months.
The Boankra Inland Port Project that began under former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kuffour’s administration stalled after his ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) lost the general election in 2008 and has received no significant attention since.
The main infrastructure was supposed to link the ports of Tema and Takoradi to the inner parts of Ghana and its landlocked neighbours of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. it was intended to be a free port that would combine unimodal and intermodal operations aimed at alleviating congestion at Ghana’s seaports, thereby facilitating the transit trade of Ghana’s landlocked neighbours.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Yaw Nimako on Kumasi based Angel FM monitored on Thursday, Hon. Alan Kyeremanteng said “all the requisite processes to revamp the project were completed and very soon, a sod-cutting ceremony will be held to make way for the project’s reconstruction under a completely new structure”.
He said the revamped project would bring in an adjunct manufacturing town with factories to support the inland port. Hon Alan Kyeremanteng also said that the Ashanti region alone hosts forty-four (44) of the 232 projects under the One District One Factory Initiative.
According to him, 14 were completed and worked, 11 were under construction and the rest under a special arrangement for farmer-owned and youth-owned plants.
SOURCE: www.kantankatv.com | Eugenia Duodu