The Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has reiterated his commitment to resurrect the Atuabo Free Port Project if the NDC wins the December 7 general elections.
The $700 million free port project was to be constructed by Lonhro Port Limited and operational by 2017 to serve as a regional hub in promoting safe, effective and efficient offshore businesses.
But some Members of Parliament of the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) took the Mahama government to court to halt the project.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Nkroful in the Ellembelle Constituency on Wednesday, as part of his five-day campaign tour of the Western Region, former president Mahama maintained that the Atuabo Free Port Project, which his government planned for Western and Eastern Nzema, was to help create jobs for the youth as well as enable Ghana derive maximum benefits from its oil find.
“We planned building free port at Atuabo. Unfortunately, there was misunderstanding; our brothers from other political divide took the project to court, stalled it till we left office and they have completely discarded the idea since they took over power,” former President Mahama said.
He was, however, hopeful that the NDC will win this year’s general elections and make the project a top priority to create decent and sustainable jobs for the people.
Mr Mahama said one of the key areas the next NDC government will focus on will be job creation, adding this will address the unemployment and hardship confronting Ghanaians.