President Nana Akufo-Addo has cut sod for the construction of a 1.5 billion Dollar Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project.
The project situated on a total of 241 acres streching from the Osu Klottey Lagoon, behind the Christianburg Castle to the Accra Community Centre is expected to generate jobs for about 150,000 youth, ghananewsonline.com.gh has gathered.
President Akufo-Addo was excited to have fulfilled yet another of his campaign promises as was made ahead of the 2016 election that he’ll revive the country’s tourism sector.
“Today we begin the realization of this place, with the construction of the marine Drive Tourism Investment Project” he said.
“We are all aware how countries all over the world particularly our neighbours in West Africa, have made good use of their beachfronts, and as a result rake in considerable revenues for the development of their communities and countries. We intend to go down that path,” he added.
He lauded all stakeholders especially the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for making the project come to pass.
Sector Minister, Catherine Abelema Afeku, appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with the ministry for a successful project.
“I therefore kindly appeal to Niimei, Naamei, the Chiefs and people of Osu and Gbese Traditional areas, occupants of the project site, and indeed all stakeholders to cooperate with us, despite the initial inconveniences the project may cause to their daily activities” she said.
“To this point, Niimei, Naamei, Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to express my sincere gratitude and that of the people of Ghana, to Mr President, for his unflinching commitment and support for the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. Your Excellency, I am eternally grateful,” she added.
Catherine Afeku assured Ghanaians that the project will be completed earlier than scheduled.
“Eventhough the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project spans over a 10 year period from 2013 to 2023 with adequate preparation and commitment, the implementation of this project could be completed earlier than scheduled,” she added.
Source: Priscilla Anum-Noi||ghananewsonline.com.gh