The Ada Traditional Council has warned politicians not to interfere with the Ada Songor salt concession.
According to the Council, political activists have used influence peddling to incite some Ada indigenes against private salt mining firm Electrochem Ghana Limited (EGL) over the years.
The chiefs specifically requested that supporters of the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), refrain from participating in the initiative or face their wrath.
Addressing a press conference, the Mankralo of the Ada Traditional Council, Nene Obichere Agudey III, said, “We want to warn all political parties, especially the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to stay clear of the Ada-Songor lagoon development.
“We believe the security services are able to speak to issues of breaches, if any and maintain law and order and also able to determine whether there have been excesses in their operations,” he said.
Nene Obichere Agudey III noted that “our doors are always opened to continue engagement with all well-meaning Ada youth.”
He said the attempts by politicians to interfere with the project have derailed the progress of the communities that are expected to benefit from the land’s natural resources.
The lagoon was leased by the Ghanaian government to the private company EGL in November 2020.
The company stated that it would produce over a million metric tonnes of salt per year, primarily for the export market.
Its goal was to make the Songhor salt mine the largest in Africa.