The Traditional Council of Edina gives the squatters at the site of the fishing port of Elmina 2 weeks to leave
Edina’s traditional Omanhen area, Nana Kojo Conduah, gave squatters on land reserved for Elmina fishing port two weeks to vacate the area and make way for construction of the facility.
President Akufo-Addo, in the run-up to the 2020 elections, has promised to build the fishing port of Elmina in case of a second term.
In August 2020, he cut the grass for the start of construction of the Elmina fishing port project.
The fishing port is expected to boost the fishing industry in Elmina, especially since the fishing industry is an important sector of the country’s economy.
The President explained that the Elmina fishing port rehabilitation project was originally funded by the China CBD loan; however, he said the government had secured separate funding from Belgium for the construction of a new fishing port.
The contractors are currently on site, but some residents still squat the land reserved for the project, which makes it difficult to start work.
The Omanhen of the traditional area of Edina, Nana Kojo Conduah, gave firm guidelines to residents saying he does not want to see any residents occupy a designated plot of land for the project to be completed on time.
“I had to take it upon myself to go around the contractors to show them where they would need to start construction. It is a park that they have occupied, and I guard against any obstacle to the project. I told them to leave the project area so that the contractors could start the work, ”he explained.
The contractors have indicated they will finish the work by 2023, and the Supreme Leader says he will do everything in his power to meet their deadlines.
Some residents say that while they are excited about the project and its prospects for the community, they want more time before they can move.
One said: “We are excited about the project, but our challenge is the timeframe they gave us to move. The two weeks granted are too short. I wish we had more time so that we could look for a new place to settle and work to take care of our children.
Another said: “The project is good, but the beach that they asked us to leave is our problem. It really is a problem. They should give us more time. They need almost every area of the beach to undertake construction, and that’s our difficulty.
In total, the project will initially see the modernization of existing facilities such as the administrative building, the slipways, the workshop and the maintenance dredging of the existing port.
Second, the project will also include the construction of a new fishing port, with the main breakwater and a quay wall to allow large fishing vessels to moor and unload safely, an access road dedicated to the port and a storage warehouse.