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Ada In Limbo! …No Plans For Resettlement

THE DISTRICT Chief Executive (DCE) of Ada has stated that there are no immediate plans of relocation or resettlement of people that would be affected by the Ada sea defense project which is expected to commence soon.

He however mentioned Totopey, a fishing community along the Ada-Foah area which was badly affected as the only community along the coast that would be considered for resettlement regretting that the affected people feel reluctant to relocate because of their major occupation as fisher folks.

The DCE, Honorable Daniel Rexford Wussah assured the people of Ada that the feasibility study on the sea defense project is almost complete and work will soon commence. He said the delay was as a result of a new feasibility study carried out by the Government in other to avoid a hasty and shoddy work.

He explained that although the previous Government carried out some feasibility studies on the project, it was realized that the initial study cannot help in solving the problem, thus the need for a fresh study to find a permanent solution to the coastal dwellers of Ada.

He also hinted that President John Evans Atta Mills is expected to cut sod for the commencement of work on the Project during a scheduled Greater Accra Presidential tour.

Hon. Wussah disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Wojaku recently at Anyamam during a fund-raising and thanksgiving service to raise funds to build a Recreational Centre for the people of Anyamam in the Sege constituency.

Lauding the efforts of the Government on the Ada Sea Defense project, Hon. Wussah stated, “The government has responded very well except that the project has not taken off in the way the people wanted to see it. As we speak, the site offices are being constructed and as soon as that is completed they will now get to actually lifting of the boulders that may be used in protecting the shoreline.”

He noted that Government has secured a 68 million Euro loan for the commencement of work, saying “the acquisition of the loan facility confirms governments’ commitment to protect the coastal line of Ada from further deterioration and save other viable projects like the Songhor Lagoon project from being washed away.”

On the relocation of people along the coastline he said there are no immediate plans of resettlement for the affected areas but was quick to mentioned Totopey a fishing community along the Ada-Foah area which was badly affected as the only community along the coast that was considered for resettlement.

He reassured the people of Ada to be patient as work would soon commence to restore the communities back to their normal livelihood.

Mr. Wussah disclosed that tourism has been the second largest income earner for the Ada district and new sites are being developed within the district to boost it further. He said projects to be undertaken to boost tourism in the District include the afforestation of the sacred Okor Forest and the construction of a tourist Reception Centre which is almost at the completion stage. The Centre will serve as a source of information and tour guidance to prospective tourists.

He said during his tenure of office as the DCE, he has come out with new guidelines and policies that are helping to generate revenue for the Assembly.

Hon. Wussah lamented that sometime ago, a Nigeria company undertook a survey in the area on a possible oil find in commercial quantities but have since not released its findings. He said he believes strongly that oil abound in large quantities along the Volta basin and the estuary of Ada. He pointed out that it will be the greatest achievement for him if oil is discovered at Ada during his tenure of office.

“Yes, I have been told but we need Government now to come out officially to confirm that there is indeed the existence of oil in Ada.  I think I will be happy that during my tenure of office as the DCE and tenure of office of His Excellency President J. E. A.  Mills as the President of Ghana, that oil has been found in my district at Ada he stressed.”

Talking on the future of Ada Sorngor Salt Project, he refuted assertions in the media that the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) is not patronizing the Ada salt. “That is false and misleading,” he stressed.

He said the Ada Sorngor salt basin can produce any type of salt to meet the standard of the oil industry. He pointed out that very soon Government will come out with new polices regarding revamping the salt industry in the country and Ada would not be an exception.

He disclosed that the Government will soon be reviewing some policies and laws regarding salt production, especially, the Ada Songor Lagoon Project which the government is holding in trust for the people of Ada saying, “very soon the people as well as the land owners around the Sorngor Lagoon will be happy”.

Hon. Wussah called on interested investors, both foreign and local to come and invest in the salt project as a way of creating jobs for the youth of Ada.

 

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