Akufo-Addo Commissions Prempeh I International Airport

President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, have officially commissioned Prempeh I International Airport, Kumasi formerly known as the Kumasi International Airport.

The ceremony, graced by traditional authorities, government officials, and prominent figures of the New Patriotic Party, unfolded in Kumasi in the Ashanti region, on Friday, May 10.

Addressing the occasion, President Akufo-Addo expressed his elation, saying the commissioning underscores his administration’s steadfast dedication to bolstering Ghana’s infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of its people and to position the nation as a beacon of progress and prosperity in Africa.

He emphasised that the timing of the commissioning, coinciding with the 25th-anniversary celebration of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s enstoolment, is not a mere coincidence but a fitting homage to the rich cultural heritage and historical legacy of the Ashanti kingdom.

President Akufo-Addo said that renaming the Kumasi International Airport to honour Otumfuo Agyemang Prempeh I and commissioning it alongside the Asantehene’s anniversary milestone, reflects the profound respect and reverence his government accords to traditional institutions.

“The transformation of Kumasi Airport into Prempeh I International Airport, Kumasi represents more than just bricks and mortar. It embodies the spirit of renovation, excellence and collaboration that defines the Ghanaian people.

“Through meticulous planning, hard work and dedication, we have turned the vision into reality and today we reap the fruits of our neighbour,” he said.

The President said that his decision to rename the Kumasi International Airport after the 14th Asantehene was unequivocal, emphasising that all admirers and historians concur that Otumfuo Agyemang Prempeh I played a pivotal role in consolidating the Ashanti kingdom during his reign in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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