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Mahama Proposes New City to Alleviate Accra Congestion

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John Dramani Mahama, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, has announced plans to initiate a study for building a new urban area outside of Accra to reduce the capital’s escalating congestion.

The project is designed to serve as a new economic hub, promising to create numerous jobs throughout its construction and beyond.

Mahama proposes that Accra will continue as the capital, but suggests a strategic shift of some governmental bodies, departments, agencies, and financial entities to this proposed city.

The envisioned city, potentially extending across the Greater Accra, Eastern, and Volta regions and located adjacent to Volta Lake, is conceptualized as an eco-friendly, technologically advanced city. It will boast attractions for tourists, entertainment facilities, industrial zones, and financial services, operating round-the-clock.

Mahama emphasized that the investment for this ambitious project would largely stem from private entities and partnerships between the public and private sectors.

These proposals were put forward by Mahama in a meeting with the European Union Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

“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.”

The former President while on the Building Ghana Tour also assured citizens of decongesting the industrial enclave of the Tema area towards the western corridor for industrialisation and job creation.

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