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Phase II of Agavedzi-Blekusu sea defense project to begin soon

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The initiation of Phase II of the Agavedzi-Blekusu Sea Defense Project in Ketu South, aimed at shielding coastal communities from recurring tidal wave assaults, has commenced.

This revelation emerged during a recent visit by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Works and Housing, following a directive from the Speaker of Parliament.

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The Speaker’s directive stemmed from concerns raised by all three Members of Parliament representing coastal constituencies in the Region—Ketu South, Keta, and Anlo—regarding the urgency to safeguard the coastline from potential extinction.

Committee Chairman, Isaac Asiamah, disclosed that the government had secured $150 million for the project in the constituency and other coastal communities.

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He assured that plans were underway, with Phase II set to commence shortly.

Highlighting the significance of the proposed 8km project and its ancillary facilities—such as a cold store, fishing market, and clinic—estimated at $83 million, Asiamah stressed that the project’s capital intensity was justified by its role in preserving lives, property, and Ghana’s cultural heritage.

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Expressing concern over the lack of progress since the Committee’s previous visit two years ago, Asiamah urged urgent action to prevent the loss of a vital resource with tourism and transportation potential.

He stressed: “We will not allow this critical part of Ghana to go to waste.”

Ranking Member of the Committee, Mr. Vincent Oppong Asamoah, underscored the need for the government to prioritize protecting the country’s coastal communities to prevent further devastation.

Mr. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, a Committee Member, questioned the high estimated cost for continuing the defense project at Agavedzi-Blekusu, advocating for prudent resource utilization to extend protection to a larger stretch of the coastline.

In response, Kenneth Kpedor, President of Anlo Youth Council, welcomed news of the secured funds for the project, emphasizing its significance in safeguarding homes, livelihoods, and cultural heritage from erosion and flooding threats.

“The securing of funds represents a significant step forward in our collective efforts to safeguard our homes, livelihoods, and cultural heritage from the threats posed by erosion and flooding.”

He urged the government to provide detailed information on funding allocation and project timelines to enhance public trust, confidence, and effective monitoring.

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