The Abossey Okai spare parts centre will be relocated to Afienya in the Greater Accra Region as part of the West Africa Automotive Village or Hub project.

According to the Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, the move is part of the new phase in which the region will be modernised as an attractive tourist destination in Africa.

Already, the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council is in discussion with the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry to release between 2,500 to 4,000 acres of land for the project.

Mr Quartey disclosed this at the first-ever Greater Accra Regional Investment Opportunities Conference.

“Abossey Okai is just around the corner, and it has been there for over 30 years. That is the brain of Ghana’s automobile industry in terms of spare parts.

“Today, they have outlived the space and their usefulness and purpose at being at Abossey Okai,” he said

President of the Association of Ghana Industries, Dr Humphrey Ayim Darke, pledged his outfit’s support to the Minister’s vision and drive to transform Accra into an attractive destination in Africa.

He, however, prayed against political interference so that the vision will come into reality.

“As we chart and transverse this path, we pray against red-tapism, political interference, excessive self-interest. We pray this project should give way to development to realise your vision and impact.

“For businessmen and investors, you know we do not appreciate excessive noise. I believe in having a team that will make your dream a reality.

Some 22,000 spare parts dealers are expected to be relocated to Afienya in the Greater Accra region when the new automobile hub is completed.

The Automotive Hub will provide jobs and opportunities for about 40,000 artisans and businesses.