As part of his 3-day tour of the Greater Accra Region, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Tuesday visited the site of the Tema Port Expansion Project, where he reiterated Government's commitment towards rapid development of massive infrastructure across the country, which will put Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity, during his tenure of office.

The Tema Port expansion, which is a $1.5 billion project, will improve Ghana’s trade competiveness, facilitate trade growth and improve revenue mobilisation. The project will also allow the Tema Port to accommodate some of the world’s largest container ships, and improve cargo handling services and capacity.

Describing the project as an exciting development in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “we just have to wish that everything goes well, so you can meet the contractual deadlines. It is extremely important for the development of Ghana that such a development should take place. As you know, we are committed to a very rapid development of our country, especially its industrial and agricultural sectors.”

The rapid development of the country, according to the President, requires the necessary and supported infrastructure, adding, “This (Tema Port) is one of them, which will ensure that we will have in our country a 1st class port, modern and capable of receiving the biggest vessels in the world, and allowing us to accelerate the pace of our development and of our exchanges,” he said

President Akufo-Addo assured the partners of the project of government’s support to assist them in fulfilling their contractual obligations in bringing the project online.
“It is a massive undertaking. Some of our neighbouring countries are also undertaking important port developments- Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. I have seen the Lome facility myself, but I am sure they will not be superior to what we will have in Ghana,” a confident President Akufo-Addo added.

The Second phase of the Tema port expansion project encompasses the complete design, procurement, delivery and construction, testing and commissioning of paving and utilities works including earthworks, fencing, gates, drainage systems, water distribution network, IT and Communications ducting and all other ancillary buildings etc.

Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)