Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minster of Lands and Natural Resources has hinted on Ghana’s potential of emerging as a net exporter of salt to other economies around the world.
This, he disclosed, has become feasible after the injection of capital, new equipment, and expertise into the operations of Ada Songor Salt Project by ElectoChem Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of McDan Group of Companies.
“I am impressed with the developmental projects that have started in Ada West, and this project clearly fits into the President’s agenda of industrialisation.
“What is happening here at ElectroChem fits into the grand agenda and vision of the President to transform this country, which is anchored on industrialisation.”Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor
The Lands Minister who was on a working visit to the ElectroChem Ghana Limited in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region, pledged his unwavering support to the CEO of the Company, Dr. Daniel McCauley (McDan).
As disclosed by Mr. Jinapor, the Ada Songor Salt site has 1.4 million metric tonnes production capacity, therefore, following the takeover by ElectroChem Ghana Limited, it is expected to experience a boost in production.
ElectroChem Ghana Limited took over the operations of Ada Songor Salt Project about 10 months ago under Government of Ghana’s diversification programme.
Contribution of the project to the economy
The Lands Minister touching on the need to build the capacity of domestic industries, stated that “history teaches us that you cannot transform a country unless you build your industries”.
“This project is contributing to the economy of Ada. It’s contributing to the economy of Greater Accra and undoubtedly to the economy of Ghana and the future for this project is highly promising.”Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor
Also, Mr. Abu Jinapor encouraged the chiefs and people of Ada to commit all efforts in support of ElectroChem Ghana Limited to exploit the ‘white gold’ resource in the Ada area.
On his part, Dr Daniel McCauley, stated that, the multifaceted project would also come along with other developmental projects such as the construction of a sports academy among others within the Ada area.
Dr. McCauley, expressing his optimism for the future of the project, predicted that within a period of five (5) years, “the Ada Salt Project would become a major salt production industry in Africa”.
Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III, the Overlord of the Ada Traditional Area, expressed his gratitude to Dr. McCauley for bringing development to his land and the people of Ada area.
The Overlord of the Ada Traditional Area expressed his willingness to entrust the Songor lagoon, which is the treasure of the Ada people to Dr. McCauley and his Company.
Advocating for tranquillity within the Ada area, Mr. Stephen Asamoah Boateng, the Director General of the State Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA), called for peace and unity in the area in order to realise the full potential of the project.
In the meantime, the Lands Minister utilised the opportunity to applaud the CEO of McDan Group of Companies for the excellent work done so far in transforming Ghana’s salt industry.
“What I have seen here today, tells us that if we put our hearts and minds to any project, we as Ghanaians can build our country.”Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor