Mahama proposes new city to ease Accra congestion

To ease the increasing traffic in the capital, National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer President John Dramani Mahama has pledged to start a feasibility study for the development of a new metropolis outside of Accra.

The goal of this project is to establish a new growth pole and produce thousands of employment during and after construction.

The former president thinks it’s time to move some government ministries, departments, agencies, and financial institutions to the new city in order to relieve congestion in Accra, even if Accra will remain the capital.

Mahama states that the future metropolis might be located close to the Volta Lake and encompass the Greater Accra, Eastern, and Volta regions. The new city would be an eco-friendly, digital metropolis with financial services, industrial parks, and tourist and entertainment attractions. In his mind, it is a perpetually awake and bustling metropolis.

Mahama proposes new city to ease Accra congestion

According to Mahama, a significant portion of the funding for the new metropolis will come from public-private partnerships and the private sector.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, President Mahama made these declarations in a meeting with the European Union Chamber of Commerce.

“We will commence a feasibility study with a plan to construct a new city. Accra is grid-locked, and the time has arrived for us to relocate certain parts of the government services from Accra. Accra will remain the capital, but we will transfer a portion of it elsewhere.”

There is already available land on the Accra Plains and the opposite bank of the Volta Lake. Moreover, we are establishing a port terminal in Mpakadan to transport cargo to the northern part of the country.”

“There is abundant land in that area, allowing us to relocate some ministries, agencies, and departments out of the city and alleviate congestion,” he said.

The former President said, “Accra has expanded to its limits, and if we are not cautious, managing it as a sustainable city will become difficult. Thus, we will initiate the planning, design, and feasibility process. I anticipate that this project may take around 20 years to complete, but we need to take the first steps. Subsequent generations can then continue where we left off.”

During his Building Ghana Tour, the former president gave residents the assurance that the Tema industrial enclave would be decongested and that jobs would be created by moving toward the western corridor.

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