GPHA partners Diamond Cement to construct Keta Port
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Diamond Cement Ghana Limited, a leading cement producer, to begin the construction of a port at Keta in the Volta Region.
According to the Director-General of GPHA, Paul Ansah, the move is in line with government’s commitment towards to widen infrastructural development across various sectors of the economy. “In collaboration with Diamond Cement that dream of government is being fulfilled,” he said.
A concession agreement is expected to be reached some few months after the signing of the MOU for the project. Ansah said the construction of a jetty at Keta will facilitate the importation of raw materials for Diamond Cement as well as reduce their cost of doing business.
He noted that the construction will see Keta port handle vessels to ease congestion at the Tema and Takoradi Ports and also increase the volume of business in the West Africa sub-region since the facility would be used by other operators. “Keta Port forms part of the implementation of government’s promise to the people of the Volta Region to build a port in Keta,” he said.
Ansah indicated that the project has the prospect of giving meaningful jobs to the youth in the Volta region and Ghanaians at large. He added that it will also attract more investments from Togo and its neighbouring countries into Ghana.
The DG noted that the port would be instrumental in the exploration of oil in the Keta Basin. Togbi Joachin Acolatse, Dufia of Kedzi in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region, commended the port officials for the continuous collaboration.
He noted that the construction of the port would boost economic activities and create job opportunities for the people in the region, urging the people to support government in the implementation of the project.