A proposal by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Takoradi to recreate the Butuah Wetlands is graciously being pursued by the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly. Among several other developments is the re-engineering and construction of sewage and dams along the area to treat waste water before its being discharged into the ocean, the construction of oil tank farm, and desilting and reconstruction of drains to allow the flow of water within the wetland. Additionally the project will see to the bio-engineering of mangroves and reintroduction of fishes and other animals in an attempt to rebuild a natural ecosystem at the area.
At an inspection and sensitization tour at New Takoradi, Planning Officer for the STMA, Kofi Yeboah explained to the media that the current state of the lagoon is undesirable stressing the ecology is being threatened to extinction. He reemphasised that the intervention is very timely, as it would help revitalize the wetland.
“The state of the lagoon is undesirable. In 2011, STMA issued a suspension on fishing activities due to its pollution. We need to revitalise the lagoon. The second thing is that we are losing most of our mangroves and we need to restore them so we can have a lot of plants and water. A lot of works are being done by some NGOs which indicates that this place can be used for echo-tourism”, he stressed
Mr Yeboah stressed that the wetland cannot be leased to multiple users, adding only service providers of the GPHA were considered after a two month publication to advertise the project. He clarified contents of the proposal for the revitalization project.
“The other aspect is that we cannot use the space for multiple users. From the expansion of the Takoradi Harbour, a company has applied to use the area as a tank farm. We will take care of the dredging of the bio-engineering. It is also better to build filtration dams that will filter the water so that we have a clear water to serve as a livelihood sustenance for the community”, he noted
Story: Ivy Donkor