By: Voltaonlinegh.com |
Ahead of the construction of Keta Port by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) in collaboration with Diamond Cement, the traditional authorities of Kedzi, in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region, where the port is expected to be situated, have embraced the economic opportunity that is coming to their area.
Dufia of Kedzi, Torgbui Joachim Acolatse V at the launch of Norvikporgbe Za 2019 in Accra, acknowledged the plethora of opportunities that the Keta Port project would bring when develop, stating his vision of ensuring that the human resource at the town’s disposal would take full advantage of the impending project.
According to Torgbui Acolatse, “recently the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo signed an executive instrument declaring the entire coastline of Kedzi as a port.”
Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, he said, “has since mapped out the Kedzi coastline for this purpose. By this gesture, we believe an opportunity has opened up for the people of Kedzi to effectively utilise their natural resources to fuel development.”
The Norvikporgbe Za, instituted about 5 years ago, is an annual celebration by the indigenes of Kedzi during Easter celebration which brings citizens (home and abroad) together to deliberate on issues of socio-economic development of the community.
The Minister of Fisheries, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye who is also the development queen of Dzelukope (also in the Keta Municipality), Mama Dunenyo I explained that it was in the government’s strategic agenda of identifying needed areas for development, that it chose the Kedzi area for the construction of the Port.
“This port for the Keta enclave by its visibility reveals that siting this facility here will generate employment and attract foreign investment into the area.”
Project Engineer of GPHA, Komla Ofori said feasibility studies had been conducted and the area declared ideal and that construction works would begin soon.
He said the project plan is expected to be double-faceted, with one side of the port allocated as a commercial port and the other, for tourism.
“There are fresh opportunities we need to look at. So, there are investors, let us start talking, let’s create the platform for the people to come and invest and build a facility that is good for us to work in,” he added.