President John Mahama has hinted of plans to establish the Southern Volta Basin Development Authority to drive the needed development in that part of the country. According to the President, the southern part of the Volta region holds a lots of investment potentials in tourism, aquaculture and other sectors, which needed to be harness through the coordination of such an agency.
The President who was addressing at a durbar at Keta, after a meeting with the chiefs and elders of Anlo on Saturday, indicated that the National Development Planning Commission, (NDPC) has already begun preliminary works on the proposed Volta Basin Development Authority and the government will soon set up an implementation committee to spearhead the establishment of the authority.
The meeting was at the behest of the Awomefia of Anlo, Torgbui Sri III, for the President to update the traditional authorities about government’s projects and programmes in the area. Traditional authorities in the area at various events called for the setting up of an authority to spearhead the holistic development of the area in order to tame the growing levels of unemployment.
President Mahama again hinted of plans to construct a habour in the Keta area, disclosed that, both proposal have been captured in the governing National Democratic Congress’(NDC) manifesto for the 2016 general elections.
“ I am aware of how the development authority is dear to your hearts and I want to assure you that, the National Development Planning commission is working on it and as a result, we have captured in my manifesto for this year’s election. Same it is with plans to establish a deep sea port in the area. All these have been included in our 2017 to 2020 manifesto.”
Touching on the much anticipated oil exploration in the Keta basin, the President revealed that, parliament before the Easter break gave approval for commencement of exploration in the basin and exploratory works will soon begin. This, he noted will open up job avenues for the teeming unemployed youth in the area.
The Awomefia Torgbui Sri III on his part, commended the President for his government’s effort in delivering infrastructural projects and programmes across the various sectors, including education and health. He however called for the revitalization of some irrigation projects in the area to boast agricultural production as well as extension of potable water to some communities within the Anlo state.
Some government and party functionaries acoompanied the President to the durbar. They include; Interior minister Prosper Bani, Food and Agriculture minister, Fiifi Kwetey, Volta regional minister, Helen Ntoso and former Transport minister, Dzifa Attivor. Koku Anyidoho, Deputy General Secretary of NDC as well as MP for Anlo constituency, Kofi Humado were also present.