Marine Drive kicks off

Marine Drive Project Kick start

A joint traditional rite has been performed by the Osu and Ga Traditional councils to pave way for the commencement of a multi-million dollar project to develop parts of the Accra coastal line, into an enclave.

The two traditional Councils poured libation, slaughtered two cows and two sheep to appease the gods for the developers to start clearing the area for the sod-cutting ceremony in June by president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

The Project, Marine Drive Project, covers 248 acres of land stretching from Osu Christiansburg Castle to the Centre for National Culture, popularly known as the Arts Centre, part of Ga Mashie.

The project, which is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is expected to boost tourism and transform the beach area into a tourism enclave, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth.

When completed, the project will have facilities such as beach resorts, hotels, playgrounds and malls, among others.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku, assured traders, especially those around the Accra Arts Centre, that the project would not render them jobless.

She hinted of plans to resettle them until the project was completed and said the project would be owed by the people of the land, who she described as true stakeholders of the project.

She recalled that the project was first envisage by the first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, to turn the Ga land into a tourism haven.

She noted that a number of stakeholder consultations, involving the chiefs and the people of the land has been on-going for the last 18 months, behind the scenes.

She said consultations, including the compensation plans that were going on during the previous administration, would continue and assured the people that no one within the catchment area would be marginalized.

The Member of Parliament for the Odododiodoo constituency, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, in a solidarity message, expressed delight that the people of the two traditional areas had come together to promote the development of the area.

The Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II, assured government of the support of the Ga Traditional Council towards the completion of the project.

Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuna IV, President of Osu traditional Council, reiterated the traditional council’s commitment to ensure the completion of the project. Saying the project would benefit everyone and called for the need to support such laudable project.

The Marine Drive Project is being executed by three companies, Attachy Contruction Limited, which is the anchor developer, ABP Consults, which is the engineering consultant, and Consortium, the designers and planners.

The developers appealed for prayers and support of the chiefs and people of the two traditional areas for a successful completion of the project.

They called on the people to feel free to consult them if they are not clear about any issue as the construction progressed.

 Marine Drive launched

 

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