KOFI BENTIL IS WRONG: WE CAN HELP CAPE COAST TO DEVELOP FASTER WITH AN AIRPORT AND A HARBOUR
I have read a post supposedly written by Kofi Bentil and shared on Facebook by Rex Omar, the former musician/NDC activist.
In the post, the IMANI Vice President posits that an airport in Cape Coast is a bad idea since in his view, the Accra-Cape Coast road should be the one to look at.
His emotive outbursts, Mr. Bentil believes it would make economic sense to have the road dualized than consider building an airport.
He asserts that if the road was a dual carriage way, it would take people 45 minutes in an average car to drive from Accra to Cape Coast.
Another point he makes is that to fly to Cape Coast from Accra would cost you
30 minutes to the airport, 1 hour at the airport checking in and boarding, 15 minutes of flight plus 30 minutes to get your luggage and leave the airport. It will be faster to just drive, he concludes.
First of all, it is not necessarily dualizing a road that makes it more dangerous and accident-prone. Oftentimes, it is indiscipline that causes these accidents. He should channel his energies to road safety measures and the need to abide by them by drivers.
Roads with and without potholes experience accidents. Even the famous N1/Tema Motorway, which is dualized, experiences accidents. That point is weak, in my opinion.
It is also factually inaccurate for him to state emphatically that it would take drivers 45 minutes to drive from Accra to Cape Coast. We all use the road. From Circle to Kadoa(dualized) would take one not less than 30 minutes even with less traffic. His point on that cannot stand the test of practical experience.
His point that one gets to waste time going to the airport, waiting, checking in, boarding a plane, waiting for luggage and filing out cannot be wholly true. It is not as though we do not travel by air within the country.
Nobody forces anyone to travel by air. We have our individual reasons for that choice. Some, it is the comfort in doing so, others, it is the tiredness having to drive and to others, completely other reasons inform them to travel by air. Even safety concerns can lead to one’s decision to travel by air and not on the road.
One thing they appear to have lost sight of is the fact that it is not only Accra one can fly from to Cape Coast. There are airports in Tamale, Sunyani and Kumasi that can have planes flying into Cape Coast.
Back in the days when we were schooling in Winneba, if there were means to travel from Kumasi to Cape Coast en route to Winneba, we would have done so instead of sitting in Stanbic and Metro Mass buses for hours.
The additional construction of a harbour changes the game entirely. It would make Cape Coast more busy than it is today.
People should know that it is not every time that we have to wait for a community to develop before we think about adding on to it. We can begin the development of a place and that would mark the watershed upon which the area is propelled to the apex of its developmental vision by other individuals or groups.