Mr Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity. I am more for us adopting the Committee's Report for the Redevelopment of Kumasi International Airport.
Mr Speaker, Kumasi is the second largest city of our country; a business enterprising region of our country. The development of the airport infrastructure holds the key to the future development of that area not just in respect of taking advantage of the Sahelian travel, but also expanding our airport infrastructure facility.
Mr Speaker, in contributing to this, may I again respectively refer you to paragraph 6 of your Committee's Report; in particular, the “Need to Combine Phases 2 and 3”. Again, an amount of €4,000,000.00 is being quoted. A while ago, I demanded that the amount is to be €4,337,000.00. If they are making savings, they should let us know how much savings we are making. It cannot be €4,000,000.00 in one page and €4,337,000.00 in another page. So, the Hon Chairman of the Committee should take note of that and rectify accordingly.
Mr Speaker, my second comment is on language; we would want a 4D Aerodrome to facilitate that it truly becomes an international airport which is in the international status of it. As it was reported, as far back as 2012, former President Mahama had then cut the sod for the Phase 1 of the Kumasi International Airport.
When President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave the contractors 24 months to complete the Project after his inaugural speech on 18th May, 2018 we need to know the progress of work, so that we can track it.
Mr Speaker, if you say Phases 2 and 3 if done concurrently -- I heard the Hon Regional Minister at the time, the Hon Simon Osei make a case that if Phase 3 was not added and even Phase 2 was completed, the Airport would not be functional. So, we are doing what is prudent and what is appropriate to get the upgrade of Kumasi International Airport.
Mr Speaker, while I support it, again I think it is important that the Committee apart from rectifying the figures, we see on page 5 -- “Expected Benefits of the Project”. My key point is, what were they expected to do under Phase 2? If they are giving us indication of Phase 3 making a saving, they must juxtapose what we expect in Phase 3 against Phase 2 for us to monitor. As a Parliament, our work is oversight and so we need to understand what is involved in it.
Mr Speaker, for those who are missing -- as you advised them, Rt. Hon Speaker, in the Phase 1, there was what we called Asphalt Reinforcement Grid (ARG) and there was a requirement for a thick marshal quotient asphalt on the ARG and that is what made it expensive. So, those of us who would want to understand aeronautics, it is important that we know that there are two phases of the
asphalts that are done. There is what we call the Asphalt Reinforcement Grid and in Kumasi, apart from the lighting system there was a thick marshal quotient asphalt which was built on the ARG and that therefore accounted for the cost.
Mr Speaker, it was also expected that the expansion of the runway from 1,981 metres to 2,300 metres would give it the opportunity to receive bigger and larger aircraft. We would need to know this so that if we go to Phase 3, what do we expect as additional to the number of metres that are to be constructed, so that in terms of oversight, our Committee can hold them to it. If you have 1,981 metres of runway and you are required to expand to 2,300 metres, what would be the addition in metres in the Phase
Mr Speaker, Kumasi deserves more than that. My view, having come from the Ministry of Trade and Industry is that Ghana needs to take export seriously. All the fruits that are manufactured in the Ashanti Region -- we should be thinking ahead, in the next ten to fifteen years, how do we export banana, orange and other things to other parts of the world, particularly Europe. It would take for instance six hours instead of seven hours to get a flight to leave Kumasi International Airport for any part of Europe.
Mr Speaker, so, I support the financing for the Phase 3 of the Kumasi Airport Redevelopment Project. But I believe that we should
monitor in detail what is expected of the contractor in respect of Phase 2 and what is expected of the contractor in respect of Phase 3 in order that there can value-for-money.
Mr Speaker, when the President gave the admonition of 24 months, it does not appear that the contractor is working in a manner which is satisfactory. So, maybe, our Committee should further -- there is this debate of about 17 per cent of work done. What is the percentage of work since the President cut the sod; we need to know and this House deserves to know.
Mr Speaker, with these words, I support the Motion.