• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE DANCED, CHEERED, SANG AND FIRED MUSKETS AS PRESIDENT NKRUMAH UNVEILED A FOUNDATION STONE AT AKOSOMBO, CENTRAL GHANA, JAN 23, TO OFFICIALLY INAUGURATE THE GBP116-MILLION HYDRO-ELECTRIC SCHEME ON THE VOLTA RIVER.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE DANCED, CHEERED, SANG AND FIRED MUSKETS AS PRESIDENT NKRUMAH UNVEILED A FOUNDATION STONE AT AKOSOMBO, CENTRAL GHANA, JAN 23, TO OFFICIALLY INAUGURATE THE GBP116-MILLION HYDRO-ELECTRIC SCHEME ON THE VOLTA RIVER.

    BEFORE THE UNVEILING, PRESIDENT NKRUMAH HOISTED THE GHANAIAN FLAG ON THE SITE, AND DETONATED AN EXPLOSION TO SLICE PART OF A HILL.WORK HAS BEEN GOING ON AT THE SITE SINCE LAST JULY, BUT FULL-SCALE OPERATIONS WERE NOT POSSIBLE UNTIL A MASTER AGREEMENT FOR FINANCIAL AID HAD BEEN SIGNED WITH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.THIS CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN ACCRA JAN 22.

    THE SCHEME INCLUDES THE BUILDING OF A DAM AND AN ELECTRIC GRID SYSTEM AT AKOSOMBO, AND AN ALUMINUM SMELTING PLANT DOWNRIVER AT TEMA.GHANA IS TO MEET HALF THE COST OF CONSTRUCTION - WHICH IS TO TAKE MORE THAN FIVE YEARS TO COMPLETE.BRITAIN AND THE INTERNATIONAL BANK ARE ALSO HELPING TO FINANCE THE FAR-SIGHTED SCHEME, WHICH WAS FIRST THOUGHT OF IN 1915 BY SIR ROBERT KITSON OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, WHO WAS THEN GOLD COAST GEOLOGICAL SURVEY CHIEF.SOON AFTER TAKING UP THE REINS OF THE GHANA GOVERNMENT IN 1951 DR.NKRUMAH PLEDGED HIMSELF TO BRING THE SCHEME TO LIFE.

    TRULY AN INTERNATIONAL PROJECT, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAM AND GRID SYSTEM IS BEING SUPERVISED BY ITALIAN ENGINEERS, THE VOLTA RIVER AUTHORITY HAS A CANADIAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE, AND CONTRACTS FOR TURBINES AND GOVERNORS HAVE BEEN SIGNED WITH JAPANESE ELECTRICAL FIRMS.GENERATORS, TRANSFORMERS, AND MAJOR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT IS ALSO BEING OBTAINED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY OF THE USA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9P8BBM34KWF0GJANWMKB89WA3
    Media URN:
    VLVA9P8BBM34KWF0GJANWMKB89WA3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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