Government is to begin the construction of the Keta Port in the last quarter of 2020.
According to Minister of Transport, Kwasi Ofori Asiamah, his Ministry together with the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority Board (GPHA) are working to start full construction this year.
Answering a parliamentary question filed by MP for Keta, Richard Mawuli Quashigah on what plans government has to build sea port in the Keta Municipality, the Sector Minister stated that, “we’re hopping that by the fourth quarter of 2020, the foundation of the administration block will be laid”.
It is expected that Consulting Services for the feasibility studies will start in April 2020 and “the outcome of the Feasibility Report will determine the Infrastructure needs of the Project”.
The Minister added that, “the Ministry of Transport with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) Board had met the Paramount Chief and Sub-Chiefs of the Keta Area and has sensitized them on the upcoming Project.
The Government, through the Ministry of Transport, is committed to execute the Keta Port Project to help create jobs and enhance the socio-economic development of the Volta Region and Ghana as a whole”.
As of 10th February 2020 the following activities have been concluded or underway at various stages for the project:
1. A suitable site in Kedzi within the Keta Municipality has been identified to locate the Port of Keta. This site takes a good developmental and commercial use of a pre-engineered system of parts of the Keta Lagoon.
2. His Excellency the President has issued the Executive Instrument (E1) to declare the area a port zone.
3. A Keta Port Director to coordinate all the activities of the Keta Port Development has been appointed by His Excellency the President.
4. Expression of interested applicants was advertised and seven (7) out of the nineteen (l9) respondents were shortlisted to submit technical and Financial proposals for feasibility studies.
5. Technical Evaluation was completed on 7th February 2020 and Financial Proposals opened on Friday 14th February 2020.
Story filed Edzorna Francis Mensah