• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH PULLED A SWITCH TO INAUGURATE THE 150 MILLION STERLING (420 MILLION DOLLAR) VOLTA RIVER PROJECT AT AKOSOMBO YESTERDAY (SATURDAY).

  • Description

    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH PULLED A SWITCH TO INAUGURATE THE 150 MILLION STERLING (420 MILLION DOLLAR) VOLTA RIVER PROJECT AT AKOSOMBO YESTERDAY (SATURDAY). HE TOLD 2,000 GUESTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD THE PROJECT WOULD MEET ALL GHANA'S IMMEDIATE POWER NEEDS.

    THE DAM SITE AT AKOSOMBO IS 60 MILES FROM ACCRA. PRESIDENT NKRUMAH SAID HIS COUNTRY WAS READY AND PREPARED TO SUPPLY POWER TO ITS NEIGHBOURS IN TOGO, DAHOMEY, THE IVORY COAST AND UPPER VOLTA.

    GHANA HOPES THE VOLTA SCHEME WILL BREAK DOWN HER DEPENDENCY ON THE CULTIVATION AND EXPORT OF A SINGLE CROP, COCOA, WHOSE PRICE HAS DROPPED DRASTICALLY ON WORLD MARKETS RECENTLY.

    THE DAM ITSELF COST GBP56 MILLION STERLING (156.8 MILLION DOLLARS) AND TOOK FIVE YEARS TO BUILD. IT WILL EVENTUALLY HOLD BACK THE WORLD'S FOURTH LARGEST MAN-MADE LAKE.

    ANOTHER GBP35 MILLION STERLING (98 MILLION DOLLARS) WAS SPENT ON A LAKE HARBOUR AT TEMA WHERE AN ALUMINIUM SMELTER IS BEING BUILT. THE VOLTA RIVER AUTHORITY HOPES THIS WILL BE PRODUCING 100,000 TONS OF ALUMINIUM A YEAR BY 1969.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA63ZIJTQ93Q23W75R1VKG0VVTK
    Media URN:
    VLVA63ZIJTQ93Q23W75R1VKG0VVTK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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