Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremateng has said government would in the coming months cut the sod for the reconstruction of the abandoned Boankra Inland Port Project in the Ashanti region.
The Boankra Inland Port Project which begun under the erstwhile administration of President John Agyekum Kuffour stalled after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lost the 2008 general elections.
The project since then, has not received any attention from successive governments.
The inland port project was supposed to link the ports of Tema and Takoradi to the inner parts of Ghana and its landlocked neighbours of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
It was expected “to be a free port that would combine unimodal and inter-modal operations aimed at easing congestion at Ghana’s seaports thus facilitating the transit trade of Ghana’s land-locked neighbours,” the Ghana Shippers Authority has said on its website.
Speaking in an interview on Kumasi-based Angel FM on Thursday, Mr Alan Kyeremateng said all necessary processes to revamp the project have been completed and very soon, a sod-cutting ceremony would be held to make way for the redevelopment of the project under an entirely new framework.
He said the redesigned project would come with an adjunct industrial city with factories to support the inland port.