Elmina Chiefs boycott Mahama’s Harbour sod cutting ceremony

President John Mahama

President John Mahama

Chiefs in Elmina have boycotted a sod cutting ceremony by President John Mahama to construct a harbor.

The chiefs claim they were not consulted by the government in the siting of the harbor.

‘We have issues to settle with the KEEA and the people that gave the said land which the sod cutting will take place to them.

‘We were not privy to any discussion and therefore we are not going to participate in the sod cutting ceremony.

‘All this while the council has not been consulted in the deliberation and determination of the land on which the sod cutting will take place.

‘We will take legal action against the people who want to work on the said land,’ Akwamuhene of the Edina Traditional area Nana Kojo Aduakwa the V threatened at a press conference.

The chiefs have carried out their threats.
Even though the sod cutting ceremony has begun in earnest on Saturday, Joy News’ Central Region correspondent Richard Kwadwo Nyarko said the absence of the chiefs is conspicuous.

‘The chiefs have actually carried out their threat and so they are not here. They have boycotted the whole programme,’ Nyarko told Joy News’ Beatrice Adu.

He said the people along the coast from four regions- Greater Accra, Volta, Central and Western have meanwhile gathered and waiting for the president to address the gathering.

The president is expected to throw wide a net in a symbolic gesture ahead of the construction.

Meanwhile, the KEEA assembly says the land in question was the same parcel given to the Kufuor administration for the fishing habor.

KEEA Municipal chief executive, Isaac Kweku Sam explained the assembly is only continuing projects inherited from the previous government and wants the traditional council to calm down.

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