The leadership of Terabuuriyele, a Development Oriented Organization in the Diaspora has re-iterated its call for the construction of the long-awaited Upper East airport project to start this year, 2021.
The Organization has also appealed to the President to maintain the project in Bolgatanga, the capital of the region as originally planned.
This was contained in a press release issued by the Chairman of Terabuuriyele USA, Mr. Gabriel Agambila Akakire, and copied to News Ghana.
“As members of TERABUURIYELE in the Diaspora although we have observed that most of the airports in the country and outside are mostly in the capital cities, this is the reason why it is important the project remains in Bolgatanga to serve not only Upper East but North East as well since its capital and other towns are closer to Bolga,” he explained.
According to the Organization, they are also aware that the President has directed that some experts to take a look at a suitable place for the airport project in the region.
The aviation experts according to earlier reports, had indicated that the current site that is Bolga, has actually met the requirements for the fact that it has enough airspace for landing aircraft and runway at 10 nautical miles or 18km.
The experts, also reported that the Paga airstrip does not meet the requirements because aircraft will have to overfly through Burkinabe airspace when taking off or landing in Ghana and thus not suitable for such a project.
“From our own assessment of the current site, Anateem, a community between Bolgatanga and Navrongo, is about 10 minutes drive from Bolga to the airport, while passengers from Navrongo will use like 8 minutes, thus making Navrongo even closer to the airport than Bolga.
With all this information available, we do not know why the former Aviation Minister Hon Kofi Adda was doing everything possible to move the airport project back to Paga which we know for a fact that it was abandoned due to this technical reasons.
We Terabuuriyele Diaspora will want to reiterate our appeal to the President to do us the honour this time around and let us see real construction works actually going on the site this year as he the President has promised us.
We really want to see action this year as far as the airport project is concerned. We want to see the contract being awarded and a contractor moves to the site this year,” they explained.