The people of Onlo and the Volta Region have been reassured that the Keta port project is not dead.
According to NPP’s Volta Regional Chairman, Makafui Wonyah, work on such massive projects is always going on behind the scenes.
Such background work has facilitated the completion of feasibility studies and the recent publication of advertisements for expressions of interest. What’s more, Mr Wonyah said Parliament had just approved the budget for the construction of the office complex, so it was a prank for anyone to say that the Keta Port project was dead.
The NPP chairman’s assurance follows contrary claims by the Member of Parliament for Keta, Kwame Dzidjorli Agakpe, that the port is a dead project and proof that the government is not committed to it and the people of the Volta Region.
He had claimed during a recent tour of the area earmarked for the project that the government had only appointed a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the non-existent Keta Port.
Thus, the BEO is being paid without doing any work; The Keta port project seems to be a “job for the boys”.
The MP stressed that the plan was only to cheat the people of the constituency and the people of the greater Volta Region for votes.
However, at a press conference last Thursday, January 19, 2023, the NPP regional chairman described the Keta MP as mischievous and dishonest with facts.
He explained that it is a historical fact that major port projects take decades from conception to implementation. Second, but for the coronavirus pandemic that halted most foreign participation in the project, considerable progress could have been made.
Despite the odds, the Keta Port project has fast-tracked its processes, so much progress has been made so far. “The opposition is just mischief, which involves long processes,” he stressed.
Mr Wonyah added that the appointment of the CEO will facilitate procurement and other processes leading to contracts and construction works, as well as the Keta MP and his fellow members of the opposition NDC.
“So it is dishonest for Keta MP Kwame Dzidjorli Agakpe to mobilize some journalists to the site recently and accuse the government of non-commitment. What is the moral claim of the NDC when they never conceived this idea? He questioned.
He concluded that the completion of a large part of the Keta sea defense is proof that the NPP has always honored its promises to Onlo projects which the NDC has so far failed to do.
In the run-up to the 2016 general elections, the then opposition party, the NPP; Now the ruling party promised to build the Keta Sea Port, but so far, no concrete infrastructure has been found in place.
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