The Minister of Transport, Mrs. Dzifa Attivor says government is resolute to rehabilitate the Sunyani airport this year.
She says the seriousness attached to the aviation industry is evident in the provision in the budget for repair works to be done on the airport in the Brong Ahafo regional capital.
She said the works at the Sunyani airport forms part of the rehabilitation of all regional airports and airstrips in order to accommodate more and bigger aircrafts to boost air travel.
Mrs. Attivor said this in reaction to an enquiry by the MP for Jaman South Yaw Afful on the status of the airport’s rehabilitation.
The Sunyani airport started as an airstrip for use by allied forces during the Second World War. Expansion works on it begun in 1969 and was completed in 1974.
The Minister of Transport Mrs. Dzifa Attivor told Parliament that the nature of the landscape at the airport does not allow for expansion works.
She however, could not give a timeline as to when work will begin on a new airport at Nsuatre in the Brong Ahafo region.
Radio Ghana’s Parliamentary Correspondents, Dominic Hlordzi and Augustus Acquaye report that also in Parliament to update members in his sector was a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan. He answered questions on the delivery of tractors from India in 2008 and state of work on the Asantekwaa Irrigation project in the Brong Ahafo region.
The questions stood in the names of the MP for Nsuta – Kwamang Beposo, Kwame Asafu-Adjei and that for Kintampo North, Stephen Kunsu.
Dr. Alhassan said nine and 32 tractors were imported into the country in tranches in 2008.
He said six hundred and 52 were used to establish Agriculture mechanization centres nationwide with the remaining going to individuals at subsidized prices.
On the irrigation project, he said works on the project is expected to be completed in August next year.