The Parliamentary Select Committee on Water Resources, Works and Housing has said it is impressed with construction work on the 220-million Euro Sea Defence project in Ada in the Dangme East District of Greater Accra Region.

The project is meant to stabilise the Ada coastline and protect the community from being washed away by the sea, which is fast encroaching onto the land.

It forms part of the oversight responsibility of the Committee over the various agencies under the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing. Contractors have completed the first phase of the project, which consists of a five kilometre stretch along the coastline costing 60 million euro.

The second phase is a 10-kilometre stretch that is also estimated at 160 million euro and is about to be embarked upon by the contractors. What is noteworthy is the fact that the first phase of the project was completed five months ahead of schedule — and the Committee found the work to be satisfactory and believes the country has had value for money.

The Committee learnt that surveys and designing have been carried out and actual work is set to commence sometime soon.

As noted earlier, the project is extremely important to the inhabitants of the area since the sea was advancing at a rate that could possibly see the wiping-out of the whole land-mass of the community if precautionary measures were not instituted.

The project has a 50-year life-span and the contract has been executed satisfactorily so far, and it is the hope of this Paper that it lives out its full life-span so that the community can go about its activities without let or hindrance.

However, this Paper is not happy that local contractors were not engaged by the contractors to fulfil the local content requirement. It is our hope that the second phase will see more sub-contracting to local contractors.

This is crucial to building capacities, since we cannot forever rely on foreign expertise.

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