Colleague, the Hon Member of Parliament for Asante Akim South (Mrs. Gifty Ohene- Konadu) was making her intervention, I thought that the focus was going to be on the gender strand, the gender involvement in the programme, we must be looking holistically at the project.
Madam Speaker, with the experience of the Keta Sea Defence Project, to draw from, one realises that the project was not only limited to the sea defence wall, other facilities then came on board. The construction of some infrastructure in particular schools, roads and so on.
We want to know whether they are part of this and if they are not part of this, then of course, Government would need to factor this into the project as immediately as possible otherwise, if we do not start looking at this and sourcing for the funds, it would become a problem when we finish with the project and then we would have to look for money to start this associated developmental projects.
Madam Speaker, I also think that one area that we need to consider and I have not seen it in this is the component of compensation.
Madam Speaker, again, with the Keta Sea Defence Project to guide us, one recollects that when we started the compensation element, at that time was 103 million cedis. In this House ,when we came to consider it, we then charged the Ministry that the component for compensation was woefully inadequate. It was to go to compensate 67 houses which had either been demolished or were to be demolished and that was inadequate.
The Hon Minister at the time insisted that, well, that was what the survey and the research had turned out and they were going to comply with that. Subsequently,
it had to be reviewed and the package had to be increased to allow for people who had lost property to be able to relocate. Madam Speaker, it also included construction of some housing estate. We may also have to look at this.
Madam Speaker, we do know the
benefits -- that it is going to first of all stop the encroachment of the sea into our lands, it is going to facilitate salt production, it is going to facilitate fishing.
Madam Speaker, but beyond that, I believe as a nation we should look to review our entire policy on coastal protection. It is so because immediately we finished with the Keta Sea Defence Project, the tidal waves then shifted downstream to Ada and once we finish with Ada it will also come to perhaps Tema and we need to look at this holistically, otherwise, we will only keep postponing the evil days.
So let us look at it comprehensively and have a comprehensive solution otherwise, if we employ these piecemeal solutions, these as they were, kneejerk solutions to the problems that we have, in my view, will only be postponing the evil days.
So Madam Speaker, I believe that we need to look at this holistically and find a lasting solution. Down south Takoradi when the port was also constructed, then it went down to Axim, Half Assini and they are now experiencing tremendous difficulties. What do we have to do to salvage the rampaging effects of the sea in these areas? Perhaps after Ada, the next port of call should be the communities in the Western Region which are going down under the sea.
The Hon Member for Nabdam (Mr. Moses Asaga), is urging me to mention towns in the Ashanti Region. Even though there is a project for an inland port there, there is not going to be any sea in the Ashanti Region. So we can rest assured
that we will not suffer this menace.
Madam Speaker, the important thing is to look at the project holistically and also be prepared to face the aftermath, the sequels of the project.
Madam Speaker, I thank you for your indulgence.