WHY IT IS ECONOMICALLY VIABLE TO BUILD AN AIRPORT IN CAPE COAST BUT NOT HO
I have seen some NDC activists making a derision of the promise made in our manifesto to construct an airport in Cape Coast.
They contend that the Ho airport has proven to be not viable economically, therefore, a repeat of same should not be contemplated in the case of Cape Coast.
To them and others, the Ho airport has turned out to be a white elephant, an unfit for purpose project, an albatross of some sort on the country.
What these people fail to recognize is the fact that Cape Coast and Ho are not on the same pedigree. Ho is a ghost town economically whereas Cape Coast is more busier than the Volta Regional capital.
University of Cape Coast with its huge population alone puts Cape Coast streets ahead of Ho. There are schools in Ho but they pale into insignificance when compared with those in Cape Coast.
Moreover, there will be the construction of a harbour in Cape Coast which will further open up the city for accelerated economic activities. Ho lacked such an additional facility to help make sense of the airport constructed there.
In terms of tourism, Cape Coast beats Ho to pulp. Historically, the Central Regional capital has been a powerhouse in tourism. There are several sites in Cape Coast which welcome thousands of people, visitors, both home and abroad, making the city arguably one of the best tourist sites in the country if not the best. Ho struggles to catch up with Cape Coast in this department.
Let’s look at these practical yet daily activities in relation to the two places. How many people travel to Ho on a daily basis as compared with Cape Coast?
Even those who hail from Ho hardly travel to the place, but Cape Coast is home to thousands of visitors all the time.
In effect, there is every justification for the Akufo-Addo administration to decide to construct an airport at this point in time. Cape Coast deserves this project and the harbour.