Transport Minister, Kwaku Asiamah has said that the construction of the Keta Port will commence within the first quarter of this year.
Responding to a question by the MP for Keta Constituency, Richard Quashigah in Parliament on when the Keta Port will begin, the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Asiamah said that Government plans to build the sea port soon.
Mr. Asiamah said there have been unsuccessful attempts by some private entities through some citizens of the area to initiate a port. He said the Chiefs and people of the Region have tirelessly explored options and sought past Government’s support and interest to build a port in Keta.
The Minister indicated that the current President Nana Akufo-Addo administration has heeded to the call of the Chiefs and people of the region and has initiated concrete steps to make this dream a reality.
Mr. Asiamah told Parliament that Government through his Ministry is going through the necessary processes to develop the Keta Port Project.
The Transport Minister also said as of 10th February, 2020, the following activities have been concluded or underway at various stages for the project:
- A suitable site in Kedzi within the Keta Municipality has been identified to locate the Port of Keta. The site takes a good developmental and commercial use of a pre-engineered system of parts of the Keta Lagoon.
- His Excellency the President has Issued the Executive Instrument (EI) to declare the area a port zone.
- A Keta Port Director to coordinate all the activities of the Keta Port development has been appointed by His Excellency the President.
- Expression of interested was advertised and seven (7) out of the nineteen (19) respondent applicants were shortlisted to submit Technical and Financial proposals for feasibility studies.
- 5.Technical Evaluation was completed on 7th February 2020 and
- Financial Proposals to be Opened this Friday, 14’h February 2020 and
- evaluation will be completed by the end of February.
The Minister further noted that the Consulting Services for the feasibility studies is expected to start in April 2020 and the outcome of the feasibility report will determine the Infrastructural needs of the Project.
Mr. Asiamah, finally revealed that the Ministry of Transport with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) Board had met the Paramount Chief and Sub-Chiefs of the Keta Area and has sensitized them on the upcoming Project.
He also assured the House that Government, through the Ministry of Transport is committed to execute the Keta Port Project to help create jobs and enhance the socio-economic development of the Volta Region and Ghana as a whole.
Source: Ghana |Angelfmonlinegh.com