Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture Minister, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has assured that effective construction of the Marine Drive Investment Project will begin in October this year.
Speaking on the floor of the house when she appeared to answer questions regarding the project and plans that she has for the people of Osu, she stated that most engineering works have been completed.
“At the moment, all the engineering works have been completed and most occupants of the land have either been resettled or are in the process of being resettled. Phase-one construction is expected to commence in October this year.
“The Project occupies a parcel of land approximately 215 acres, stretching from the Osu Castle, along the sea to the Baiden-Powell Hall. It encompasses the Christianborg Castle, Independence Square, Arts Centre, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park etc. The Project will be undertaken under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement,” she said.
When completed, it will be the tourism hub of West Africa – comprising high-rising beautiful edifices of hotel facilities, restaurants, conference centres, shopping malls, cultural villages, amphi-theatres and office spaces, she noted.
On plans government have to develop Osu and its environs, she explained that transforming the Christianborg Castle and its garden into a Museum and Cultural Complex project, called the Presidential Museum, has been inaugurated by the President.
It will also be an edifice for tourism and a Centre for research into Ghana’s historical contact with the Europeans, and the Political history of Ghana. The old Castle will be converted into a Museum of Governance.
The minister indicated that the people of Osu Traditional Area, particularly South Anorhor, will benefit tremendously from these projects – comprising a fish landing site and storage facilities for fisher-folk in Osu.
Other benefits are the dredging of Osu Klottey Lagoon and construction of a market, including a fish market.
She also stated there will be development of a Marine Drive Area in the Anorhor community as a Cultural complex, with a monument installed at the eastern part of the Castle. Execution of the monument will be a collaboration with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), Holback Museum and the Danish National Museum.
In addition, the ministry has reached an Understanding with the Traditional Authority of Osu to ensure that the local people derive benefits from the project, in terms of employment, royalties and Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.