The Director of the Keta Port Project, Dr. Alexander Yaw Adusei, has disclosed that the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority had, since 2022, began preliminary engagements with parties who have expressed interest in developing the port facility.
He said out of about 16 companies engaged, the Authority believed about 6 had demonstrated prospects for further engagements.
In the meantime, the Director of the Port Project is hopeful that by September this year, the environmental and social impact assessments would be completed to make way for the next necessary steps towards building the port.
He was speaking during a forum in the town of Kedzi, where the port project will be situated.
The aim of the forum was intended to sensitize the Kedzi Community and its surroundings about the realities of the port project and to debunk certain misconceptions surrounding it in the community. It was also an opportunity for the indigenes themselves to ask questions pertaining to the project.
Dr. Alexander Adusei Jnr. emphasised the desire of the Port Authority and the government of Ghana to ensure that the port project is strategically phased out to ensure the port becomes the catalyst for the economic development of the area.
“This port is a well thought-of plan. It is not going to be built in a day, it is a gradual process. It starts from somewhere, it will be added on and 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years down the line, we will still be building because new ideas will come.”
The Dufia of Kedzi, Togbui Acolatse V, assured the indigenes of his faith in the port project.
“From what I have seen so far and my engagement with GPHA, I have full faith that a project like this will come to fruition. It is not a nine-day wonder project, people are expecting more and we should understand them but what we should always guard against is the politics around it. Let us put the politics aside,” he urged.