Takoradi, Feb. 23,
GNA - The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has established a Social
Impact Fund to support residents of New Takoradi and Poase who have been
affected by the port expansion programme.
The Fund would support social intervention programmes including health, environment and education.
Mr. Peter Amo Bediako, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Takoradi Port, made the disclosure during a press briefing in Takoradi to update the public on the port expansion exercise.
He stated that authorities of the GPHA had held meetings with various stakeholders in the affected communities including assembly members, fisher folks, traditional authorities and opinion leaders to explain the modalities of the fund.
He, however, refuted allegations that the GPHA was undertaking a sea defence wall at New Takoradi which had displaced fisher folks from their landing beach sites, but added that the management of the Port would collaborate with other state institutions to find a place for their fishing activities.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ebenezer Afadzi, the acting Director of Takoradi Port, pointed out that it had completed a desalination plant which had been processing sea water into potable water aimed at reducing cost.
“The plant is processing 120 cubic water per day, which is supplying potable water to oil companies operating on the Jubilee Oilfields. It has resolved the frequent water shortages experienced on the oil rigs.”
The Port expansion programme, which started in November 2014, dredged and extended the breakwaters, constructed new oil and gas jetty and bulk container terminals to accommodate larger vessels and make the Port the preferred destination in West Africa.
It is anticipated that the expansion would eliminate double loading, improve the turnaround time and reduce the cost of doing business at the Port, as well as create jobs for the youth in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
The expansion is entering the second phase of construction which is being undertaken by a Belgian contractor, Jan De Nul.