The Chiefs and elders of Osu and Gbese stool lands, have debunked rumors circulating that, they kicked against the Marine Drive Project which formed part of the New Patriotic Party’s election 2016 manifesto pledge, to
develop beach areas and its environs into tourist sites, with the aim of upgrading Ghana’s tourism and bringing employment to the indigenes.
Setting the record straight in a statement read by the Osu mantse, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, they the Chiefs and elders of Osu and Gbese community have given their concent and blessings for the commencement of the project.
And that, every necessary customary rites for clearing the land by the anchor developer to commence work.
Nii Dowuona placed more emphasis that, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture have actively engaged both Osu and Gbese Stools before cabinet gave the approval for the implementation of the Marine Drive Project in August 2014.
Also, “there have been series of meetings between the previous and current Ministers, the technical officers on one hand and the Chiefs and Elders of both Osu and Gbese Stools. And representatives of both Stools are serving on the Technical Committees of the project.” He added.
Nii Kinka Dowuona said, claim of compensation for the land has been submitted with the introduction of EI as 59 Law demands, and both Osu and Gbese Stools have received letters of comfort from the Ministry, giving promise to fulfillment of continuous engagement and signing of memorandum of understanding.
He reiterated, both Stools are committed to the project because of its associated immense benefits, which includes, development of the beach area and it’s environs, prevention of cultural sites along the beach, payment of royalties, generation of income for unskilled, and skilled workers will be employed and to name a few.
“We would like to use your medium to state without equivocation that, both the people of Osu and Gbese are happy with the arrangements that the Ministry and the Tourism, Arts and Culture, have put in place and are fully in support of the Marine Investment Project to be executed.” Nii Kinka Dowuona VI stressed.
By: Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh