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Ghana in a state of mourning

President John Atta Mills dead at 68


Ghana is a nation in shock after learning that President John Atta Mills, who was allegedly suffering from throat cancer, has died in hospital in the capital, Accra. This is the first time that a president has died while in office in Ghana. Although there had been persistent rumours of the president’s ill health his sudden death has taken many people by surprise.

A statement from the president’s office read; “ it is with a heavy heart… that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana,”

Hours after the death of Atta Mills an emergency session of Parliament was held.  John Dramani Mahama, his vice-president, has been sworn in as his replacement in a ceremony in the capital. All flags were flown at half mast as Ghana began a national period of mourning.

US President Barack Obama who historically visited Ghana in 2009 paid tribute to the President, praising Mr Atta Mills as a “strong advocate for human rights and for the fair treatment of all Ghanaians”, according to a White House statement. Other tributes came in from the Presidents of Kenya and Liberia.

Ghana is hailed as a solid democracy in Africa, so Atta Mills’ sudden death should not spark a political crisis but will certainly test the country’s democratic institutions. As Vice-President John Dramani Mahama steps in as interim head of state, the question people are asking in the Ghana is: “Who is going to run for president with the ruling NDC party in December?” The obvious choice would be Mahama but who knows.

Now I have to admit I have not been a supporter and the NDC. However it is a sad day when your head of state passes. Ghanaians should use his death as a catalyst for increased unity especially in light of the upcoming elections at the end of year.

Thus the best tribute Ghana can give to Atta Mills is peaceful elections in December. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the late president.

Any comments and condolence messages will be welcomed. God bless our homeland Ghana

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Development in Ghana

Tamale International Airport to cost US$174 million


The need for another International Airport in Ghana to complement that of the Kotoka International Airport, Accra is long overdue. This is because of the high investment of the country’s airspace. With the drilling of oil in commercial quantities and increase in the economy, more foreign direct investments are increasing on a daily basis.

In addition, Ghanaian pilgrims to Mecca who are mostly from the Northern regions always experience such terrible journeys  as every year as a majority of them do not have relatives in Accra and are have no choice but  to sleep at the airport for weeks before they actually departure . Luckily a Hajj Village has been built near the El-Wak Sports Stadium, where they are accommodated and fed before boarding on this Holy Pilgrimage.

It is stated that, Ghana’s flying and air travel industry stand out as one of the fastest developing and most competitive in the sub-region underscored by the fact that the number of commercial and cargo carriers plying in and out of Ghana has almost doubled from 15 in 2000 to 30 in 2010.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) made it a campaign promise prior to the 2008 elections that, when voted into power they would build a second International Airport in Tamale to transform the savanna regions of Ghana with the view of bridging the development gap between the North and South of the country.

During a visit to Brazil by Vice President John Mahama, he appealed to the Government of Brazil to help attain this noble course. This request was agreed and the Brazilian Infrastructure Development Company, Queiroz Galvao, is prepared for the construction of the airport which is to be financed by Brazil’s national EXIM bank, BNDES.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has since been signed by Queiroz Galvao with the Ministry of Transport, and completed the necessary designs and phasing for the works.

Vice President Mahama explained that the project will start with the expansion of the runway to accommodate large body Aircrafts and also the construction of an international standard terminal building. The next phase will be the provision of ancillary services including hangers, maintenance area, catering and ground handling. The last phase will be the construction of a cargo village targeting fresh fruit farmers that are setting up camp in the Savanna regions and the various processing companies being set up in the area.

The project according to him is estimated to cost US$174 million.

Source: http://ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=24174

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