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14.06.2007 Business & Finance

Four Ada Clans urge government to release Songhor Salt concession


Four Clans that own Ada Songhor Salt Lagoon have appealed to Government to expedite action on the release of the Ada Songhor Salt Lagoon concession to them to operate.

The Clans, Adabiawe, Lomobiawe, Dangbebiawe and Tekperbiawe said salt winning was their main source of income to develop their communities.

Mr Joseph Amatey Tachie, Spokesman of Tekperbiawe Council, made the appeal at a press conference at Anakpenya, in Dangme East District of Greater Accra Region, to express their displeasure over the delay in releasing the concession.

He said a committee formed by the clans, chiefs and opinion leaders held a meeting with the Minister of Lands, Forestry and Mines over the issue in 2003.

Mr Tachie said at the meeting a technical committee was formed to implement the land use plan policy to demarcate the land and repeal of PNDC Law 287 that held the land in trust for them.

He said salt winning was their major source of revenue generation for the communities therefore, a delay on the release of the concession would continue to render them poor.

Mr Tachie regretted that for almost four years after the meeting to deliberate on the issue nothing had been achieved and appealed to authorities concerned to consider their economic plight and release the land for them.

He pointed out that continued holding of the land in trust was infringement on their right to ownership and must be repealed.