Electrochem Ghana has to this point invested $88 million into the ultra-modern salt mining venture at Ada.
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The venture covers the availability of a salt washing plant and its ancillary infrastructure and services.
This got here to gentle when the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy visited the venture website final Friday following current disturbances
The engagement shaped a part of a monitoring train being undertaken on the orders of Parliament.
It can be recalled that the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, directed the Committee on Lands and Forestry and Mines and Energy to conduct a probe into the leasehold settlement that approved Electrochem Ghana to embark on salt mining in Ada.
Speaking throughout the tour, Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy, Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea, assured the administration of Electrochem Ghana Limited of presidency’s full help and warned alleged saboteurs to desist from attacking the venture.
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“I’m using this opportunity to send a note of caution to those who believe that the economic conditions of the people of Ada should not improve when you have a committed investor seeking to improve the livelihoods of the people.
“When they’ve created an area for the group folks to mine salt and additional offered a prepared market and any individual sitting someplace thinks he can undermine this endeavor, that’s lawlessness and I guarantee them that the regulation will take its due course of and take care of such characters,” Mr. Atta Akyea warned.
He further added that, “We have engaged all of the stakeholders particularly with the corporate endeavor the Salt Mining Project, Electrochem Ghana Limited and we now have realized about all of the challenges they’re dealing with.
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“…For the moment I’m very amazed that here is another undertaking that if given our full support would even rival what we are getting from gold and cocoa. We might not even have to go to the IMF seeking a bailout if we pay attention to the natural resource, salt.
‘What amazes me is that so far they haven’t even done 40% of the capacity of this setup…They’ve sunk about $88 million into the undertaking. They also intend to do some massive export drive that will also rake in some foreign exchange for Ghana”.
Earlier, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy held a closed-door assembly with the administration of salt mining agency, Electrochem Ghana.
The committee additionally used the chance to embark on a tour of the services on the Electrochem Salt Mining Factory, the place they had been proven across the salt refinery and different areas throughout the mining website.
Also addressing the media, the Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee in Parliament, John Jinapor, stated the Committee was on a fact-finding mission.
“It is obvious that this is a very very huge project and has the potential of impacting positively on the economic fortunes and activities of the people of Ada and the community.
“So right from here when we go back to Parliament, I’m sure that we will report back to the Speaker and the House in general,” Mr Jinapor added.
He indicated that Parliament ensures that businesses thrive, “so it is necessary to engage all the stakeholders to ensure a more peaceful business environment.”
“We interacted with the staff, we interacted with the management of Electrochem Ghana Limited and its group Chairman McDan. They told us some of their challenges and what they expect the state to do to help them.”
Meanwhile, Electrochem Ghana Limited has denied any involvement within the capturing incident that occurred at Toflokpo within the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region, which resulted within the demise of 1 individual and the harm of a number of others.
The firm added that it’s ready for the police to conduct an investigation into the capturing and report its findings accordingly.
Electrochem is a subsidiary of the McDan Group of Companies. It is the biggest salt and chlorine-alkali manufacturing agency in West Africa with a concession spanning 41,000 acres at Ada Songor.
The firm which was granted a fifteen-year mining lease to discover the salt useful resource within the Ada Sangor launched its operations in November 2020 with a goal to provide a million (1,000,000) metric tons of salt each year to produce to each the native and overseas markets.
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