Gov’t to start third phase of Keta sea defence project

sea-level-riseGovernment would soon commence work on the third phase of the Atorkor-Dzita-Anyanui Sea Defence  project in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region.

The one kilometre Coastal Protection Project, which involves the use of Amor rocks to construct new groins to reclaim the land, is to facilitate fishing and other economic activities in the area.

Mr Hubert Osei Wusu-Ansah, Acting Director of the Hydrological Services Authority (HSA) made the disclosure when an eight-member Board of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) paid a working visit to the Atorkor-Dzita-Anyanui Sea Defence project.

The $11million project which is being undertaken by Amandi Construction Company, an Israeli construction is funded by the Government of Ghana (GoG) and is expected to be completed in one year.

Earlier, the group also inspected ongoing works at the 1.7km Sakumono-Tema Coastal Protection project, which is expected to be extended to 3.5km to cover the stretch from Sakumono to Teshie.

Mr Wusu-Ansah said the construction of shorter groins at the Anyanui project area would help minimise its effects in the Keta coastal area.

He explained that the first phase of the project, which had been completed, cost $20 million and it involves the construction of 2.7km revetment and two km road project whilst the second phase which cost $11 million involves the building of one km groin and coastal defence.

Commodore Steve Obimpeh (Rtd), Board Chairman of the PPA commended the contractor for good work done and said the Authority is to ensure the efficient use of government funds.

He said the board decided to visit the project site to ensure transparency and accountability as well as value for money.

Mr Sylvester Tornyeavah, Keta Municipal Chief Executive appealed to government to extend the coastal protection project to cover the entire stretch from Anyanui to Aflao.

He said the extension of the project would go a long way to curtain the tidal waves, which destroy properties and wash away the roads in the community.

He commended the government for completing the first and second phases of the project which he said has brought back economic activities to the Atorkor and Dzita areas.

Source: GNA

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