The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Monday, June 13, 2022, inspected ongoing works at the new Tamale International Airport.
The second gentleman of the land said the project, which is 95% complete, has an ultramodern edifice with a separate multipurpose terminal that will serve as a Hajj Terminal.
The project is being funded through a loan contracted by the government in 2018 from the UK Export Finance (UKEF).
Upon completion, the Tamale airport will, among other things, become the centre of Hajj-related activities in the country, and further ease the annual facilitation of pilgrims to Mecca.
The scope of work included the construction of a modular airport terminal building of approximately 5,000 square metres expandable in the future; construction of a Hajj facility of approximately 1,000m2; construction of a single carriageway access road; construction of landside and airside infrastructure adapted to the terminal size; and construction of water, power and sewerage infrastructure deemed necessary for normal operations.
The Vice President toured the airport after he had cut-sod for the construction of a 167-kilometre highway from Tamale to Tatale in the Northern Region.
The massive highway, which has had a significant portion of it untarred for decades forms part of the Eastern Corridor road linking major towns in the Northern, North East, Upper East, Oti, Volta and Greater Accra Regions.
The $150m project will include the provision of socio-economic complementary interventions in the form of schools, boreholes, and clinics within the project communities (Tamale, Mion, Yendi, Zabzugu & Tatale), and has been broken into two lots; lot one being the 61.98km Tatale-Yendi road -61.98km and lot 2 the 106km Yendi-Tamale road. The project is scheduled to be completed in two years.