The much anticipated Marine Drive Project in Ghana has kicked off in earnest following the launch of the project by the country’s president Nana Akufo-Addo.
The US$1.2b project is expected to employ about 150,000 people, especially those within the catchment area, boost tourism and increase economic growth.
It sits on a 241 acre Accra coastlines. The project is a Public-Private Partnership.
The architects of the project are Messrs David Adjaye and Associates, featuring the renowned, world-acclaimed Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye.
The project will have a Theme Park, in honour of the founding fathers of our nation, the legendary ‘Big Six’,” according to president Akufo-Addo.
“This Park,” the President explained, “will be a monument that will celebrate their contribution towards the liberation of our country from colonialism and foreign domination.”
The President said many countries all over the world, particularly Ghana’s neighbours in West Africa, had made good use of their beachfronts and, as a result, raked in considerable revenue for the development of their communities and countries.
The project is anchored on the vision of changing the face of Tourism in Ghana. When completed it will feature hotels, a Cultural Village, Malls, and Recreational Centers among others.
The first phase is expected to be completed within three years.
The Marine Drive Project was first mooted by Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah in 1963, but it only received verbal commitments from previous regimes after him.