Boost For Ada Fishing, Salt Industry

Ishmeal Ashitey flanked by some officials of the Assembly

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, has said that government has put measures in place to develop the fishing and salt industries located in Ada West and East Districts of the Greater Accra Region.

Addressing staff of the West and East District Assemblies at separate meetings at Ada Foah and Sege on Wednesday during a working visit, the Minister mentioned that the area has numerous resources that could help improve the lives of the people.

“You have very long and wide beaches to promote tourism, the sea and fresh water resources from the Volta River for fishing and the salt mines at Sanghor, as well as vast stretch of land are very fertile for the cultivation of vegetables and watermelons,” he mentioned.

Mr. Ashitey called on the assemblies to explore the various factors of production and submit comprehensive proposals to the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) for prompt action.

He said the successful implementation of the projects in the area would be a win-win situation for the assemblies and the people.

“Transforming our economy to create jobs, generate income and reduce poverty is the single most important challenge confronting the country, but with our collective efforts we must succeed in this drive,” he stressed.

Mr. Ashitey mentioned that government plans to review relevant sections of the Local Government Act, 2016 (Act 936) to ensure that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) are elected to office.

The Minister further charged them to explore areas and methods, which can be enforced to increase their Internally Generated Funds (IGF).

The Coordinating Director for Ada East, Modesto Bokuma, appealed to the Minister to help expedite work on the Assembly Project, which was started in 2008 and has currently been abandoned by the contractor Messers Bawawud Limited.

He stated that a two-storey building is currently uninhabitable.

Alhassan  Ziblin Alhassan, Coordinating Director for Ada West, lauded government for the ongoing work in the assembly, but called for vehicles to support the assembly.

By Solomon Ofori