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General News of Saturday, 6 August 2011

Source: Dennis narterh Adzigodi

Vice President at Ada Festival

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------- €68 Million secured for Ada Sea Defence Project

By: Dennis Narterh Adzigodi, Ada.

The vice president His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has praise the people of Ada especially the chiefs for maintaining and sustaining peace among themselves in Ada. He said at the time when most of the states in Ghana were engulfed with chieftaincy disputes, Ada has maintained high sense of tolerance especially among the chiefs and has called for all the GaDangme chiefs to unite to enable them achieve a common goal. The vice President said this in speech delivered during the grand Durbar of chiefs and people of Ada on Saturday 6th august 2011 at Ada.

He said chiefs must use their institution to promote economic and well being of their people. On the problem of inter boundary disputes between Ada, Ningo, south and north Tongu he assure the people of Ada that government would do everything possible to bring lasting solutions to such problems. The vice President also praised the Dangme East District Chief Executive Hon. Rex Daniel Wussah for numerous developmental projects undertaken by the Assembly and asked them to continue with those laudable developmental projects to meet the President His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills declaration of 2011 as an action year a reality. He disclosed that Government has secured GH¢ 68 Million Euros to undertake 30 kilometers of out the 44 kilometer Ada Sea defence Project to helped protect the shoreline of Ada and its environs. He said the remaining project amount will be sourced when the actual work on the Sea defence project commence. The vice president has also revealed that Government would attached all importance to salt production in Ada and other salt production states in Ghana to make it one of the largest export commodities in Ghana as over 250,000 tons of salt is produced annually. He said revamping the salt industry will also help Ghana’s petrochemical as well as the textile industry and plans are far ahead to capture the West African market. He hopes revamping the salt industry in Ada would create job opportunities among the youth of Ada and has also disclosed that workers of Ada Sorngor salt project who were not paid for some time ago which led to the almost the collapsed of the company have been paid now and the company has since resume full scale operation. The vice president has also urged the District Assembly to tackle the problem of child trafficking in the district very seriously since those practices are crimes against child human rights. The government has also donated an amount of GH¢10,000 Ghana cedis to the Ada Traditional Council towards the Asafotufiam Festival. The Paramount chief for Ada Nene Abraham Kabu Akuaku (III) in a speech has call on the Government to extend irrigation farming to Ada to help solved the perennial dry season farming problems in Ada. He said Ada is surrounded by a lot of water bodies hence the need for irrigational projects in the district. Nene Ada has also called on the government to extend the Aveyime Water Project to Big Ada and its environs as the water produced by the Ada Fieve Water works is sometime salty and is not safe for consumption.

Other areas he spoke on were the opening up of the Ada Sorngor salt project for foreign investment opportunities and finally asked government to speed up efforts on the proper demarcation of boundaries between Ada and its neighbors ; Ningo, South and North Torngu as away of finding lasting solutions to the inter boundary disputes in the district.

Later in a speech by the Dangme East District chief Executive Hon. Rex Daniel Wussah he has called on the Government to factor the upgrading of the Kasseh – Ada road into the Sea defence project since the work load of the heavy trucks has already starting affecting the nature of the road. He has also enumerated numerous projects undertaken by the Assembly within the last two and half years ranging from Sanitation, feeder road construction, upgrading of roads especially the Ada Foah township roads, health projects, and the one tree per child project in the district. Other projects he talked on were the affordable tractor project which he said is helping the farmers in the district since they charges affordable rates. The DCE has also disclosed that an Educational Endowment fund has also been set up in the district and it was recently launched to support poor but brilliant school children in the district and has finally called on government to extend the SADA program to cover Ada as well as the Construction of the Akosombo Dam have also deprived most people along the Volta lake of their daily livelihood in the district and this he hopes will help bring relief back to those people.

The greater Accra regional Minister Nii Armah Ashitey in a short speech has also called on all the chiefs in the region to unite. He has also asked the land owners to release land to the youth for them to go into large scale farming to help curb the rural urban migration. The minister has also cautioned and asked all the fishermen to abide by all the laws regarding fishing and has condemn the practice using light to fish as that constitutes very bad fishing practice.

The Ada traditional council has also used the festival which has also coincided with the 50th Anniversary with the Ada Youth Organization to present awards to some deserving individuals in the district including Dr. Philip Kwaku Narh the Senior Medical officer at the Ada District Hospital and Alex Quarmine, the CEO of Radio Ada. Other dignitaries who came to witness the festival incluces MP for Ningo Prampram Hon. Enoch Teye Mensah, Special aid to President Hon. Nii Nortey Vandapuye, Madam Gifty Mahama, Honourable Okudjeto Abrakuah, Hon. Nii Amansa Namorley, Mr. George Oposika Agudey, Christian Dugbartey (chairman for the occasion),The Executive Director for Youth Link NGO and Assembly Member for Ada Salem – Agorkpo Area Hon. Rockson Serwornu, chief, from Dodowa house of chiefs, other dignitaries and well wishers from the Diaspora.

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