Cheddar’s ‘sea to Kumasi’ promise one of the most brilliant ideas I've ever heard from a politician — ASEPA boss

Headlines Executive Director of ASEPA, Mensah Thompsonleft and Leader of the New Force, Nana Kwame Bediako
MAR 20, 2024 LISTEN
Executive Director of ASEPA, Mensah Thompson[left] and Leader of the New Force, Nana Kwame Bediako

The promise by 2024 independent presidential candidate Nana Kwame Bediako, also known as Cheddar, to dredge a canal connecting the sea to Kumasi is an ingenious idea that could significantly boost Ghana's economic development, argued Mensah Thompson, the Executive Director of ASEPA.

According to the ASEPA boss, such an idea is out of the box and comes as one of the most brilliant to have been proposed by a Ghanaian politician.

"For me this is one of the most brilliant ideas I have heard from a politician in a long while," said Mensah Thompson in a write-up.

“Canals have been built and used in the world for hundreds of years. There's never been a thing that has given any Country or region a strategic advantage than Canals,” he added.

Mensah Thompson pointed to examples like the Panama and Suez Canals, and how nations like the Netherlands and United Kingdom have effectively used extensive canal networks to transport goods.

He suggested Ghana could similarly "build a 'Boankra Canal' that will move goods directly from Tema to Boankra, freeing the Accra-Kumasi road off the many articulated heavy vehicles that are killing innocent Citizens day in day out."

Nana Kwame Bediako himself explained that the promise is part of his ambition to "open up Ghana’s Eastern and Western Corridors to facilitate trade," citing the example of how Dubai transformed from a desert into a major port city.

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