• Short Summary

    WATCHED BY A CROWD OF CHEERING, SINGING PEOPLE, PRESIDENT NKRUMAH FORMALLY OPENED TEMA PORT, GHANA'S GBP18-MILLION HARBOUR ABOUT 18-MILES EAST OF ACCRA.

  • Description

    WATCHED BY A CROWD OF CHEERING, SINGING PEOPLE, PRESIDENT NKRUMAH FORMALLY OPENED TEMA PORT, GHANA'S GBP18-MILLION HARBOUR ABOUT 18-MILES EAST OF ACCRA. AFTER UNVEILING THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE, THE PRESIDENT MADE A SPEECH OUTLINING TEMA'S HISTORY. HE SAID THE INDEPENDENT STATES OF AFRICA SHOULD NOW BE THINKING SERIOUSLY OF WAYS AND MEANS OF BUILDING UP A COMMON MARKET OF A UNITED AFRICA, "RATHER THAN ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE LURED BY THE DUBIOUS ADVANTAGES OF THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET".

    HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE BRITISH CONSULTING ENGINEERS AND CONTRACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PORT'S CONSTRUCTION. THE HARBOUR ENCLOSES ABOUT 400 ACHES OF WATER. IT HAS A FISHING HARBOUR AND WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE FIVE QUAYS AND FIFTEEN BERTHS. TWO QUAYS ARE ALREADY IN OPERATION. WORK STARTED IN SEPTEMBER 1954, AND MORE THAN 3,500 MEN WORKED, SOME OF THEM IN THE HILLS 20 MILES AWAY, QUARRYING MORE THAN 10-MILLION TONS OF ROCK, ALREADY USED IN THE MAIN BREAKWATER AND OTHER STRUCTURES.

    THE HARBOUR, LARGEST ARTIFICIAL PORT IN AFRICA, WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED AS PART OF THE GREAT VOLTA RIVER PROJECT. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LARGE ALUMINIUM SMELTING PLANT NEARBY, REQUIRED THE PROVISION OF A MODERN PORT. TEMA WAS A SMALL FISHING VILLAGE UNTIL ITS SELECTION AS THE SITE OF THE PORT. IT HAS GROWN TO A TOWN OF MORE THAN 25,000. ITS ULTIMATE POPULATION WILL BE ABOUT 250,000. ALREADY OPERATING THERE ARE A MOTOR ASSEMBLY PLANT AND AN INSECTICIDE FACTORY.

    WHEN THE PORT OF ACCRA CEASES TO OPERATE BECAUSE OF TEMA, IT WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A PLEASURE AND RECREATION CENTRE WITH EVERY AMENITY, INCLUDING A FIRST-CLASS CASINO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADPPXYAA7R8X8YW0MZYJV0GYFP
    Media URN:
    VLVADPPXYAA7R8X8YW0MZYJV0GYFP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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