It would be recalled that Alhaji Abubakar Inusah, the Chief Director at the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council said some private individuals and organisations have shown interest in developing the Upper East Regional Airport to be located at Sumbrungu, a community in the Bolgatanga Municipality.
Alhaji Inusah made this revelation when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show with Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith, Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
“Quite recently, we received investors, prospective investors interested in the Bolgatanga airport,” he said.
Alhaji Inusah was confident that an investment in the completion of the Upper East Regional Airport would mean enhanced development for the region.
“If that [the investment] comes to fruition, we will take the market from Tamale. [This is] because all the Burkinabes and all other people would fly from here instead of going to Tamale.”
“You can imagine the economic benefits of all of this,” he said.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu corroborated the statement of Alhaji Inusah when he took his turn at the Ministry of Information’s Press Centre to present the State of the Region Report today, Wednesday, November 2, 2022.
“I have been very interested in bringing an airport to the Upper East Region for various reasons. If you look at the Upper East Region, I think that our airport would be more viable than Tamale because the Upper East Region is bordering these neighbouring countries. You can see that Burkina, Niger, all the way to Mauritania and even Morocco sometimes, they come through here and when they come through Bolga, they have to go all the way to Tamale to be able to fly to Accra so if you have an airport in Bolga, it is going to help.”
Mr. Yakubu continued to say, “I have personally brought 3 investors to the area. They have looked at it. We are working closely with Civil Aviation. I am working very closely with the Ministry and one of them, good news would come.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana