The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Sowah, has emphasised the importance of the Jamestown Fishing Harbour to the local economy of the Ga Mashie enclave.
He reiterated the trade link between the Jamestown Fishing Harbour and the Salaga Market which was also under construction, adding that the economic value of these two projects to the indigenes of the area was enormous and would play a strategic role in the development of the area.
The Mayor made this known on Monday when a team from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) assessed the level of work done after the assembly cleared illegal structures on the site to pave the way for the contractors to commence work.
He noted that the assembly had engaged the Chiefs and people of Ga Mashie to explain the project and informed them about the necessary demolition to clear the site stressing that in April 2020 the Assembly officially sent notices to remind all unauthorised occupants on the project site including the Ghana Canoe Fishermen Council to remove their structures.
He disclosed that all debris from the exercise to remove the unauthorised structures had been cleared and the contractors had begun levelling the site for actual work to begin.
He urged all stakeholders who have Ga Mashie at heart, to rally round the interest of the people to ensure that the two projects were completed on schedule in order to propel development in the community.
“Fishing and its allied activities are part and parcel of the socio-cultural fabric of the people of Accra, so any effort to provide a conducive environment for them must be supported by all”, he averred adding that the harbour, when completed, would boost economic activities in the area.
The Jamestown Fishing Harbour Project which is being funded with a $60 million grant from the Chinese Government, would not only constitute the fish landing sites but also include cold store facilities, market areas and other social amenities to holistically improve the livelihoods of the people of Odododiodioo, and Ghana at large.
President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo cut sod on December 5, 2018, for the project which had been on the drawing board since 1965 where he stated that even though many sod-cutting ceremonies have been held by previous governments, he would ensure that actual work on the project was completed as scheduled.