Jamestown Fishing Harbour: Regional Minister tours project site…fisherfolks to relocate to a temporary site by Wednesday

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey on Thursday inspected the ongoing Jamestown Fishing Harbour Project. 

Accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Adjei Sowah and some officials from the assembly, the minister toured the construction site and the Dogo Beach where a temporary fishing bay was being constructed for the fisherfolks.

Addressing a durbar to address some concerns raised by the fisherfolks, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey urged the fishermen to cooperate with the contractor to ensure that the project was completed on schedule and added that the project, when completed, would boost economic activities in Jamestown and its environs. 

He recounted how residents of Tema opposed the construction of the Tema harbour and how they were ripping its benefits today. 

"I remember how the people of Tema opposed to the construction of the Tema harbour. During those days they were moving the whole town to pave way for the main harbour and the fishing harbour and they refused. But today I think they will tell you the benefit that they are deriving from the project, " he said. 

"I urge all of you to stand firm and work with the contractors to complete the project as scheduled and when it is completed you will see its benefit," he admonished. 

The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah noted that it was the President's determination to revive economic activities in Accra hence the construction of the fishing harbour and redevelopment of markets. 

He noted the fisherfolks were expected to relocate to the temporary site being constructed at the Dogo beach in Accra and added that measures were being put in place to get the place ready and conducive by Wednesday.

He explained that the relocation of the fisherfolks to the temporary site was expected to pave way for the construction of the harbour.

"We have had extensive consultations with the fisherfolks and from all indications, the contractors have assured that they were going to review the design of the defence wall and extend it deep into the sea. We are also providing security light, shelter, among others to make their stay conducive, " he said. 

The Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Frederick Adu noted that as part of efforts security officers would be stationed at the construction site.

"We are going to put in security measures to ensure that no one interferes with the construction process. We would deploy men to the construction site. 

Three fishermen were later nominated by the fisherfolks to liaise with the contractors to address the concerns they had raised.