- The traditional ruler has called for the relocation of the capital from Accra
- He suggested that it must be moved to Yeji or Kintampo
- The British colonial authority made Accra Ghana’s capital in 1877
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The Omanhene of the Agogo Traditional Area, Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong says Accra was made Ghana’s capital by accident.
Accra became the administrative capital of Ghana in 1877 when the British colonial authority transferred the seat of government from Cape Coast.
It was declared a city on 29 June 1961 by Ghana's first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, Nana Akuoko Sarpong called for the relocation of the country’s administrative capital from Accra.
He said the capital should be moved to areas near Kintampo.
“We can be thinking of relocating the administrative capital somewhere near Kintampo while Accra remains the commercial capital,” he stated.
“[We can] have an administrative capital away from Accra, somewhere within the interior, near Yeji where there’s water. Accra became a capital by accident around 1875 during King Tackie’s time because Accra is very close to the sea and is below sea level,” he added.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, the Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh vowed that Ghana will not slip back into the prolonged period of outages between 2012 and 2016 christened ‘Dumsor’.
His remarks come on the back of incessant power cuts in various parts of the country in the past few days, heightening fears among Ghanaians that the country is gradually moving towards the unbearable ‘Dumsor’ era.
Despite these unannounced power cuts, the Ghana Grid Company, (GRIDCo) said the country has enough power to supply.
That notwithstanding, it revealed that it is in talks with ECG and NEDCo to roll out a timetable for power outages across the country.
Commenting on the development during a working visit to the GRIDCo on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Dr. Prempeh said the challenges being experienced are due to maintenance works being carried out.
He said the relevant authorities are working feverishly to resolve the challenges which had arisen as a result of technical difficulties with “our transmission lines and we hope that that issue will be resolved by the end of the year.”
According to GRIDCo, what some parts of Accra are experiencing was part of a couple of projects to boost power supply reliability in the Greater Accra Region.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, GRIDCo noted that the ongoing projects appear to have heightened perceptions of impending nationwide power cuts.
It listed the projects as the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA)-funded Pokuase Substation and Kasoa Bulk Supply Point installations and the French Development Agency (AFD)-funded Tema-Accra Transmission Line reinforcement project.
The projects are expected to be completed in June and July.
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