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Mahama plans to create a new administrative city outside congested Accra to improve govt services

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NDC’s presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, has unveiled proposals for the creation of a new administrative center beyond the confines of the Greater Accra Region.

This endeavor seeks to elevate the quality of government services and alleviate the significant traffic congestion gripping the nation’s capital.

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During a session with the European Union Ambassador and the EU Chamber of Commerce on May 28, 2024, Mr. Mahama stressed the critical importance of this undertaking, highlighting the adverse effects of Accra’s overcrowding on both commercial expansion and governmental efficacy.

The proposed new city is envisaged as a strategic, enduring remedy to these issues.

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“We will commence a feasibility study with a plan to construct a new city. Accra is gridlocked, and the time has arrived for us to relocate certain parts of the government services from Accra,” Mr. Mahama stated.

He emphasised that while Accra will remain the capital, the plan involves transferring some government functions to the new city. 

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“Accra will remain the capital, but we will transfer a portion of it elsewhere. There is already available land on the Accra Plains and opposite the bank of the Volta Lake,” he explained.

Mr. Mahama emphasized the ambitious scale of the project, estimating a 20-year timeframe for its completion.

This extended duration demonstrates a thorough and future-oriented strategy aimed at ensuring the new city fulfills its intended objectives.

“Moreover, we are establishing a port terminal in Mpakadan to transport cargo to the northern part of the country,” Mr. Mahama added, illustrating the broader infrastructural improvements accompanying the new city initiative.

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