GHANA’S Aviation Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has announced plans to commence Tamale Airport phase three construction in a bid to give the facility international status.
Minister Asiamah made this announcement when he paid a working visit to the Tamale Metropolitan Area in the Northern Region of the country, to acquaint himself with the level of development of the Tamale Airport phase two construction.
The phase three construction works will involve expanding the main multipurpose terminal (about 5,508 square meters), which is under construction as part of the second phase, and some other facilities.
The cost of the phase three construction works is yet to be determined. However, the minister explained that the technical experts from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airports Company Limited are working hand in hand with the contractors, QGMI, a Brazilian construction firm, and the project consultant, Ecobuild Consult to determine the cost of the proposed works.
He noted that the government will immediately look for funds to finance the project, explaining that undertaking the two phases simultaneously will be economically viable and profitable.
‘The project consultant advised that we carry out the two phases concurrently as we did for Kumasi Airport. This will be viable, it will be profitable, and there will less cost for us.’
The Tamale Airport phase two construction is currently 57 percent complete. Among the facilities inspected were the project design, the main terminal, a multipurpose building, bulk utility, and the access road and car park which are 80 percent, 57 percent, 61 percent, 41 percent, and 38 percent complete respectively.
The bulk utility comprises an underground firefighting reservoir, a portable water tank, and a wastewater treatment system.
‘Per the briefings I’ve had and having gone to the project site to inspect the facilities in person, I can confidently say that the project will be completed on schedule,’ he said.