• Short Summary

    GHANA'S SEVEN YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN WAS GIVEN FRESH IMPETUS ON WEDNESDAY WHEN PRESIDENT KWAME NKRUMAH TURNED THE FIRST SOD TO INITIATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LOWER VOLTA BRIDGE WHICH WILL LINK TELFE AND SOGAKOFE.

  • Description

    GHANA'S SEVEN YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN WAS GIVEN FRESH IMPETUS ON WEDNESDAY WHEN PRESIDENT KWAME NKRUMAH TURNED THE FIRST SOD TO INITIATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LOWER VOLTA BRIDGE WHICH WILL LINK TELFE AND SOGAKOFE.

    AT PRESENT THE VOLTA RIVER HAS TO BE CROSSED BY FERRY. THE NEW BRIDGE, EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS, WILL LINK GHANA IN A MORE PRACTICABLE WAY WITH HER EASTERN NEIGHBOURS OF TOGO, DAHOMEY AND NIGERIA.

    LOCAL CHIEFS AND PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE FERRY FOR THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY. PRESIDENT NKRUMAH, ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE MADAME FATHIA, ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER.

    THE TRADITIONAL POURING OF LIBATION AND THE SLAUGHTERING OF SHEEP GREETED THE PRESIDENT'S ARRIVAL AT THE CEREMONY GROUNDS. THEN, SURROUNDED BY CABINET MINISTERS, AMBASSADORS, THE WEST GERMAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER, MR. ROLF LAHR, AND OFFICIALS OF THE GERMAN FIRM WHO ARE BUILDING THE BRIDGE, PRESIDENT NKRUMAH TURNED THE FIRST SOD.

    THE BRIDGE WILL CROSS THE VOLTA BETWEEN SOGAKOFE AND TELFE, ABOUT 70 MILES FROM THE CAPITAL, ACCRA. IT WILL BE 2,145 FEET (654 METRES) LONG WITH A ROAD WIDTH OF 27 1/2 FEET (15 METRES) AND HAVE SIX FOOT (2 METRE) PAVEMENTS ON EACH SIDE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7P92SHDK79RL4H450TENL65B2
    Media URN:
    VLVA7P92SHDK79RL4H450TENL65B2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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