Story by: Ishmael Barfi
The ongoing project by Electrochem Ghana Ltd to develop the Sangor Lagoon and concession according to the Group Chairman of McDan Group, Dr. Daniel McKorley is for the people of Ada.
To him, “the project will inure to the benefit of the people more; our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) footprints here at Ada are already evident, but the journey has just began”.
The McDan Group Chairman, Dr. McKorley made this statement at the company’s one year anniversary Prayer and Thanksgiving Service with regards to the project.
The Prayer and Thanksgiving Service held at the company’s Sege office on Friday 7th January,2022 was to mark the beginning of the activities lined up to commemorate the one year anniversary of the commencements of the operations of the company at Sege, Ada
Speaking at the Service, Dr. McKorley noted that for the first time in forty years, fresh sea water, also known as brine, is flowing into the Songor Lagoon for the making of quality salt, thanks to Electrochem Ghana adding until now, the lagoon was heavily silted and was at the verge of extinction.
He further revealed that, seven out of ten of community pans, designated to the Nakomkope community, are ready stressing that, this will be replicated in all the other communities to cater for the interest of the local miners.
Old pans he stated have also been rehabilitated and new standard ones built to help in the production of high quality salt for both the local and export markets.
“Currently, over one thousand local women entrepreneurs from Ada are in brisk business after benefitting from the three million interest-free loan scheme introduced by the company”,he noted.
Touching on other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Group Chairman of McDan Group pointed out that, the Ada state will soon be home to the largest sports village in Ghana as construction works on the ultra-modern sports complex have commenced and are expected to be completed this year to provide the platform for the discovery of latent sporting talents and the honing of same into international stars.
Furthermore, “Lolonya, one of the Ada communities was also recently provided a 20-unit toilet facility in addition to the free and regular water which is supplied to communities identified to have recurrent water supply challenges”.
Other initiatives undertaken by the company in its one year of operation include the planting of 270 white mangrove and 400 cassia species to aid afforestation, rehabilitation of access roads in and around the concession, Donation of educational materials to basic school pupils and humanitarian support for widows in the Ada enclave.
Speaking at the event, Queen of the royal Adibiawe clan of Ada and CSR Director for Electrochem Ghana, Naana Adiki Manyeyo Adi I, noted that Ada would have made much more progress if social development-inclined firms like Electrochem Ghana had arrived earlier.
She therefore called for support for the company to enable it operate profitably and to execute its many CSR initiatives to boost the speedy development of the Ada state.
Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were Rev. James Agborli Adjokatse, former Dangme-Tongu Presbytery Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, who gave the exhortation, Nene Agudey Obichere III, Manklalo of the Ada state, representatives of the four Okor clans, Divisional Chiefs of the Ada state, and a host of others who represented the various stakeholders.
Electrochem is a subsidiary of the McDan Group of Companies. It is the largest salt and chlorine-alkali manufacturing firm in West Africa with a concession spanning 41,000 acres at Ada Songor.
The company which was granted a fifteen year mining lease to explore the salt resource in the Ada Sangor launched its operations in November 2020 with a target to produce one million (1,000,000) metric tons of salt per annum to supply to both the local and export markets.