By Kwaku Sakyi-Danso
Secretary General of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, John Azumah, is advocating a new capital for the Republic of Ghana to aid the sub-region’s integration process.
He pointed out that getting a new capital at Kintampo in the Brong-Ahafo region, which is a central point with vast lands would take pressure away from the present capital Accra, which is choked and experiencing flooding with heavy down pour.
Despite the fact that it would take time to get a new capital, we would have a new airport, railway network and the new rail network would fit into President Nana Akufo-Addos vision of building a rail network to Burkina Faso and Mali.
“As to what time frame should be given to the relocation of the new capital for the country, we can say in the next five years.”
“Election is coming up next year and I keep insisting on the President’s vision in the manifesto and despite all the criticisms he has to and it will yield results.
Mr. John Azumah noted with the upcoming elections, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peoples National Convention (PNC) Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the others should be thinking of getting a new capital and put it in their manifesto.
Whoever comes to power should endeavor to start something. There are so many ways of starting these things, especially involving the private sector, PPP must be involved in the infrastructural development.
“Getting the infrastructure for the capital is important but we are not required to build everything before moving the capital.”
“No, that is not the way to go. There should be enabling environment by government for the private sector to come in and take advantage.
” In addition, we can learn a lot from other countries with new capitals if we conduct in-depth research on how some of these capitals have developed.”
“Political parties should be held by their manifesto pledge to relocate the capital in next year’s election and how they would solve some of the problems Accra is facing.”
The next five to ten years, you would be surprised that we would have a modest start but we would have a modern capital that would take care of ECOWAS for the integration issues between the Anglophones, Francophones and Lusophone countries in the sub-region.