By Iddi Yire/Haruna Abdulai, GNA
Accra, Sept 9,
GNA – Mr Charles A. Abugre, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the
Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), has urged the Government to
harness the transportation potential of the Volta Lake for Ghana’s
He said a
well-developed water transport system from Akosombo to Yapei, coupled with a
railway from Tema Port to Akosombo, would facilitate the swift movement of
cargo to northern Ghana and other neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso,
Mali and Niger.
other favourable conditions for economic transformation, if you compare (Ghana)
with Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, several other countries, we are blessed with at
least two coastal cities with direct access to international shipping lines,”
Mr Abugre stated in his lecture in Accra at the 80th Birthday Celebration of
Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of
celebration (September 5-6) was on the theme “Celebrating a Life of Academic
Excellence, Public Service, Thought Leadership and Activism”.
popularly known as Aki to many, was born on 24th March, 1939.
Mr Abugre, who
is also an Independent Consultant and Co-Convenor, Transformation of Marginal
Areas Foundation Universal, spoke on the topic “The Crisis of Work, Wages and
Wealth (Generation and Distribution) in Ghana”.
that in a work that SADA did, building a third or fourth coastal harbour was
possible in Keta and Ada.
“We are also
blessed to have a water body that runs inland for hundreds of kilometres with
the possibility of creating a water-based navigation route as far hinterlands
as Yapei,” he said, adding “…we have not exploited the waterway but the
He noted that
another auspice of exceptionalism was that Ghana controls nearly 60 per cent of
the share of the Volta water bodies.
Northern Ghana is nicely watered. Three permanent rivers - the Oti River, the
White and the Black Volta, which are criss-crossed by tributaries. This means
that there would be no need if properly harnessed to have food poverty,” he
“But you see a
sharp contrast when you go to the North during the rainy season, it is like
haven of production while in the dry season, you fear the desert will approach
us the following day. But the resources exist.”
economic transformation means higher levels of productivity through the
infusion of technology and modern, competitive management practices in the
production and distribution of goods and services.
Mr Abugre said
economic transformation tends to be a deliberate exercise driven by the need to
deepen, accelerate and diversify economic growth in order to expand livelihoods
opportunities including work and employment and the capacity of the state to
deliver public goods.