President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, over the weekend, inspected ongoing work on the construction of the Elmina Fishing Harbour, as part of his 2-day working visit to the Central Region.
The President cut sod for the commencement of the 30-month project on August 1, 2020.
Accompanying the President on the working tour, the Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, said the project is currently 91 per cent complete, following the completion of the construction of the south breakwater, the north breakwater, sheet-piling, dredging, scour, and plowing and reclamation works.
The Minister disclosed that, currently, civil-related infrastructure works, including buildings, pavement works, roads and stormwater constructions were ongoing and would be completed on schedule.
“The ongoing construction of the breakwaters, quay walls, civil buildings, together with the dredging and reclamation works of the new port basin will guarantee the sustainable revitalization of Elmina and the long-term development of this strategic port,” he stated.
The Elmina Fishing Project
The Elmina Fishing Port Rehabilitation and Expansion Project aims at constructing adequate facilities, berthing space and creating deep marine access to ensure the durability of the Elmina harbour.
The Project will also strengthen Elmina’s position on the fishing and salt industries and in making Elmina one of the most dynamic coastal cities in the country.
First, the Project will see to the upgrading of existing facilities such as the administration building, the slipways, the workshop, and the maintenance dredging of the existing Port.
Additionally, the Project will also include the construction of a new fishing harbour, with the main breakwater and a quay wall to enable larger fishing vessels to safely moor and offload, a dedicated access road to the Port, and a warehouse for storage.
Other new works include the construction of an additional administrative building; a shed for the fish market; a shed for fishing net mending; two cold stores/ Ice factories; a new slipway for bigger vessels with a boat refurbishment area; a toilet block; and a day care centre.
As part of efforts aimed at boosting tourism, the Project will also provide beach and coastal protection works, as well as restoration of the area in front of the Elmina Castle.