Contrary to what has long been keyed in the minds of Ghanaians that the ultra-modern terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport was engineered by the erstwhile Mahama administration, it has emerged that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) only did 20 percent of the work.
A leading New Patriotic Party (NPP) communicator, Yaw Opoku Mensah Jnr, who made the claims said President Akufo-Addo deserves the credit since a chunk of the terminal 3 jobs was done under his tenure.
Speaking on Kumasi based Pure FM, he challenged claims made by the NDC about projects it engineered and completed before exiting power on January 7, 2017, stating categorically clear that a lot of the projects initiated by the Mahama-led administration were never completed.
When asked who should be credited for the terminal 3 project, he told host, Kwame Adinkra that: “Someone did 20% and another 80%. Mahama did 20% and Akufo-Addo and the NPP government completed the rest”.
According to him, if they had allowed the NDC to complete the project, the amount of money sunk into it would have far exceeded what was budgeted.
The Kotoka International Airport terminal 3 became fully operational on September 15, 2018
The new terminal built at the cost of $278 million handles up to five million passengers a year, with an expansion potential of up to 6.5 million passengers.
At peak hour, the terminal will have the capacity to process up to about 1,250 passengers. A fully automated baggage handling system will also handle 3,500 bags an hour.
The facility holds a large retail and commercial area, three business lounges, six fixed links and seven air bridges expandable to eight, and parking space with the capacity to handle more than 700 cars.
The airport expansion supports the government’s ambition to make Ghana a regional aviation hub.
KIA’s Terminal 3 is a monumental feat of engineering. It has five levels spread across 45,000 square meters and has parking space for 700 cars.
It has six contact stands for Code E aircraft and two remote stands.