Mahama proposes new city to ease Accra congestion

Mahama proposes new city to ease Accra congestion

Former President and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has promised to commence a feasibility study for the construction of a new city outside Accra to alleviate the growing congestion in the capital.

According to him, the initiative aims to create a new growth pole and generate thousands of jobs both during the construction phase and after completion.

The former President Mahama made these announcements during an interaction with the European Union Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

He said while Accra will remain the capital, it is time to decongest the city by relocating some government ministries, departments, agencies, and financial institutions to the new city.

Mahama added that the future city could span three regions—Greater Accra, Eastern, and Volta—and be situated near the Volta Lake.

“The new city would be a green, digital metropolis featuring tourist and amusement attractions, industrial parks, and financial services. He envisions it as a 24-hour city that never sleeps,” he added.

Mahama stated that much of the investment for the new city will come from the private sector and through public-private partnerships.

“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,” he noted.

He concluded by saying “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.”

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