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Tamale Airport Mahama lauds GACL for Tamale Airport expansion, urges SOEs to follow suit

President Mahama made the comments after he witnessed the historic direct flight of pilgrims from the Northern Regional capital to Mecca for this year’s Hajj.

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President John Mahana says it is ‘refreshing’ to note that the Ghana Airport Company Limited undertook the Tamale Airport expansion on its balance sheet, urging other state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to follow suit.

President Mahama made the comments after he witnessed the historic direct flight of pilgrims from the Northern Regional capital to Mecca for this year’s Hajj.

“It is refreshing to note that the Ghana Airports Company is taking this project on its balance sheet and this is what I expect our State Owned Enterprises to do,” he said.

The Tamale airport has been upgraded to international standard to accommodate large airplanes to facilitate international trips as well as support the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority in its export of perishable goods.

“Beyond facilitating the movement of people from one destination to the other, this airport will also support the SADA in its program to enhance the export of perishable goods especially fresh agricultural products,” he said.

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According to the president, the airport expansion was well thought-through, aiming at accelerating growth and development in the Northern Region.

"The decision to upgrade the Tamale Airport to an international one is a well thought-through program aimed at extending opportunities to the people of the North for accelerated growth and development of our people,” President Mahama said.

He added, “Government will work with the GACL to see the airport develop into an aerotropolis with a one stop shop for hotels, conferencing facilities, shops and restaurants to serve as an economic growth node to improve more jobs and grow the local economy.”

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