Kumasi airport rehabilitation cost $29m? IMANI’s reaction

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President of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe is wondering how government of Ghana will use an amount of $29 million to rehabilitate the runway of the Kumasi Airport which has been given an “International” status.

To him, it’s far-fetched for such an amount to be used whilst a northeastern Africa country, Ethiopia is constructing three freshly airports with an estimated cost of US$ 64.5m.

Kumasi airport’s $29 million rehabilitation project

Kumasi, Ghana’s second biggest city, was ushered into a brand new life last night when President John Dramani Mahama and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll jointly inaugurated the aeronautical ground lighting ( AGL ) system at the Kumasi International Airport (KIA) at a ceremony characterized by extraordinary fanfare.

The airport has also seen a major rehabilitation of the runway at the cost of $29 million and transformed into an international airport.

Ethiopia to build 3 new airports at a cost of US$ 64.5m

The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) is planning to construct three new airports in Ethiopia. The project is expected to cost US$ 64.5m.

A contract of agreement was signed Friday last week between EAE, Yotek Construction, Akir Construction and the Ethiopian Road Construction Corporation for the construction of airports in Hawassa, Robe Goba and Shire.

Civil works for the project are to start this week with the construction of runways in the first phase of the project. The construction of the terminals of Hawassa and Robe Goba will then begin before the year ends and Shire’s terminal will be constructed as from next year. The airports are to be ready within a period of two and a half years.

YOTEK will be charged with the construction of the Hawassa Airport at an initial cost of US$ 23m. The Robe Goba airport will be constructed by Akir Construction at a cost of US$25m while Shire Airport will be constructed by Ethiopian Road Construction Corporation at a cost of US$ 21m.

However, Franklin Codjoe took to Facebook to express his worry :-

Guys, I’m still trying to understand this one….Kumasi gets an ‘international’ airport at what cost? Daily Graphic reported that “The airport has also seen a major rehabilitation of the runway at the cost of $29 million” Guys, wait a minute….”The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) is planning to construct three NEW (not rehabilitate runways) airports in Ethiopia. The project is expected to cost US$ 64.5m. YOTEK will be charged with the construction of the Hawassa Airport at an initial cost of US$ 23m. The Robe Goba airport will be constructed by Akir Construction at a cost of US$25m while Shire Airport will be constructed by Ethiopian Road Construction Corporation at a cost of US$ 21m. The three airports will contribute significantly to the economy of the regions since they are well known for tourism and business”.

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