Ghanaian-American inventor, Dr. Thomas Mensah has expressed confidence Kumasi will soon turn into an aviation hub in West Africa. In an interview with TV3’s Natalie Fort, he said an amount of $400 million has been secured for the setting up of an aircraft maintenance facility which will create numerous jobs for the youth in the Ashanti region. “With the support of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, we are working on this airport facility in Kumasi, an airport which serves as a maintenance hub; where airplanes from the entire West Africa will fly to Kumasi and engineers from Kwame Nkrumah University will check the planes and ensure the instruments are running effectively and it is well serviced. “We are confident this will make Kumasi an aviation hub in West Africa,” Dr, Mensah stressed. As part of plans to develop the Ashanti region, the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in 2019 gave out a 23,000-acre land at Ankaase. The area located in the Afigya-Kwabre District of the region is where the Kumasi Aircraft Maintenance Facility is set to be located. The inventor and developer of Silicon Valley of Ghana further explained the long-term goal is to establish a place to be known as the ‘Airport City of Kumasi’. “Now that we have raised an amount of 400 million USD, and the visibility studies and land survey has been conducted, we can now proceed with developing the Airport City. The long-term vision is to have high-rise buildings around the airport. We are further pushing for Fortune 500 companies to come to Kumasi and establish their headquarters around the Kumasi Airport City.” The Aviation Hub is expected to be established in Kumasi before 2022.