Marine Drive Project

The President of the Republic Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has indicated that, in line with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s target of generating jobs, especially for the youth and unemployed, the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project, from construction to the operational stage, is expected to employ about 150,000 people in the country.

According the President, the 248 acres of land project, is a Public-Private Partnership, which will boost tourism, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the enclave and as well increase economic growth.

“I am confident that all of us, gathered here, will be present again here, very soon, for the commissioning of this project,” President Akufo Addo said.

He however, expressed his appreciation to everyone that contributed in making sure that, the Marine Drive Tourism Enclave becomes reality, and also expect that, the project will be completed within the stipulated construction period.

The President commended the Minister for Tourism, Hon. Catherine Afeku, who is also the MP for Evalue Gwira Constituency in the Western Region, for bringing this initiative to reality. He however, drew minds back on the pledge by the NPP in the run-up to the December 2016 elections, to revive the country’s tourism.

“Today, we begin the realization of this pledge, with the construction of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. 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,” emphasised.

President Akufo-Addo made the indications in Accra on 15th December, 2017, at the sod cutting for the construction of the Marine Drive Investment Project.

“I am happy that, in spite of the many unsuccessful efforts made in the past to undertake this project, today, we are beginning this project,” the President said, in respect to the conception of this project dating back to the time of independence.

“It is noteworthy, also, that the required consultations have been done prior to this ceremony. I am happy to hear that the Chiefs have given their full support to the project, and that their concerns have been addressed. Nii mei, wƆn da nyɛ shi,” he stated.

Typical of projects such as this, planners, most often than not, consider only the economic or financial benefits.

“In ensuring that was not the case in this project, the architects and planners have ensured that the interests of the public have been factored into the design. They have put in place a network of well-connected, multi-use public spaces, that fit with the surrounding communities,” he assured.

“The architects, Messrs David Adjaye and Associates, featuring the renowned, world-acclaimed Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye, have also included, in this project, a Theme Park, in honour of the founding fathers of our nation, the legendary ‘Big Six’.”

This park will be a monument that will celebrate their contribution towards the liberation of our country from colonialism and foreign domination,” President Akufo Addo reiterated.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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