One major problem the Ghanaian democracy faces today that is really hurting our progress as a country is misinformation, borne of negative political propaganda.
Sadly, both the government and the opposition continuously lie to the people with impunity. Since this problem does not seem to be going away anytime soon, the burden of proof has fallen on the shoulders of the few fact finders that remain among the players within our country’s media controllers.
When the news of government blowing $500 million on a non existent port extension project in Takoradi dropped in 2020 therefore, I made it a point to critically investigate and find the facts of the case.
The word on the streets back then was that the government of Ghana was dipping hands in the taxpayers’ money and was using a non existent Atlantic Container Terminal construction project as a cover up. This however, can not be very far from the truth.
Upon visiting and spending a few days at the ports in Takoradi to critically observe and also ask detailed questions, I can categorically report that the construction of a container terminal is currently underway.
According to representatives of some of the construction companies on site, the project is borne of an agreement between the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) and IbisTek; a shipping company which would allow the later to construct, use and hand over the terminal after a period of time. According to some officials of the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, this is a win-win deal for everyone.
On site, construction is ongoing smoothly with reclamation works about 97% done. “The focus is now on the docking wall which should be done in September” Mr. Ghartey; a foreman on site told me.
“You can see how fast the work is moving and you can also attest to the attention we are paying to quality and detail, the quality control officers are not blinking at all” Mr. Tetteh Thurkson; CEO of TK&T Engineering Limited told me. My little tour of the site saw me critically examining the safety protocols and treatment of workers on site and I must admit they are top notch.
The project which was estimated to cost IbisTek $500million, would not only boost revenue generation at the ports but will also be instrumental in helping the Takoradi harbour to increase it’s annual container capacity from around 50 thousand to a staggering one million 20 foot containers.
The site which is currently divided into two, collectively has a little over 450 Ghanaian workers with the number expected to increase as the work progresses. This number includes masons, plumbers, drivers, engineers, surveyors, safety personnel and electricians among others from about 20 to 30 different companies.
I was assured by most of the officials of the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority and some officials from IBISTEK that the government of Ghana has not put a penny of the taxpayers’ money into the ongoing works and does not intend to either. We can therefore calm down and be in total anticipation of this project that is expected to create a minimum of Ten Thousand direct and indirect jobs for the people of Takoradi. Do not forget to follow us for more.