President Akufo-Addo Commissioned Prempeh I International Airport in Kumasi

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President Akufo-Addo officially commissioned Prempeh I International Airport in Kumasi, formerly known as Kumasi International Airport.

The ceremony was attended by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, along with government officials, New Patriotic Party (NPP) members, and other important personalities.

President Akufo-Addo delivered an address, wherein he highlighted the significance of the airport to the Ashanti people and the entire nation. He emphasized that renaming the airport after Otumfuo Agyemang Prempeh I and commissioning it alongside the Asantehene’s anniversary milestone reflect the deep respect his government accords to traditional institutions.

The airport stands as an avenue for trade, tourism, and cultural exchange. Its inauguration marks a significant step forward in enhancing regional connectivity and facilitating economic growth, particularly in the Ashanti Region. With modern facilities and infrastructure, the airport is poised to attract both domestic and international travelers, fostering increased business opportunities and promoting tourism in the region.

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President Akufo-Addo’s call for the preservation of the facility underscores the importance of maintaining its functionality and ensuring its long-term sustainability. It is essential for authorities and stakeholders to implement effective maintenance and management practices to safeguard the airport’s infrastructure and uphold its operational efficiency.

The commissioning of Prempeh I International Airport signifies a commitment to enhancing air travel infrastructure in Ghana, aligning with the government’s broader vision for economic development and regional integration. By investing in aviation infrastructure, the government aims to stimulate economic growth, create employment opportunities, and promote international trade and investment, Akufo-Addo stated.

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Prempeh I International Airport (Kumasi International Airport) Source: myjoyonline

The renaming of the airport after Otumfuo Agyemang Prempeh I pays homage to a revered figure in Ashanti history and culture. It serves as a reminder of his legacy and contributions to the Ashanti Kingdom, reaffirming the enduring connection between tradition and progress. Moreover, the commissioning of the airport alongside the Asantehene’s anniversary celebration symbolizes the harmonious relationship between traditional leadership and government institutions, fostering unity and cohesion within the community.

This milestone anniversary of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is not only celebrated with grandeur but also with a strong emphasis on community engagement and service. Activities such as the Otumfuo Community Reading Challenge and GES – Ashanti Region in collaboration with the Otumfuo Clean-Up Exercise demonstrate the importance of education, environmental stewardship, and community involvement in honoring the legacy of the Asantehene.

In addition to its economic significance, Prempeh I International Airport holds cultural and historical importance for the Ashanti people. Through cultural events, exhibitions, and educational programs, the airport can promote greater understanding and appreciation of Ashanti identity and heritage among travelers and visitors.

The President emphasized again that the successful operation of Prempeh I International Airport will depend on effective collaboration between government agencies, private sector partners, and local communities. As the airport takes flight, it holds the promise of a brighter future for the Ashanti Region and Ghana as a whole, serving as a symbol of progress, prosperity, and pride for generations to come.

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