The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, has told Parliament that her Ministry is leaving no stone unturned to revive the Elmina Fish Processing Plant.
The plant, she noted, is one of the priorities of her Ministry and government in general, assuring that it will soon be made operational.
Additionally, all other fish processing plant that have not been in operation for some time as a result of technical challenges, will also been revived to create job opportunities to the people to boost the local economy.
Hon. Hawa Koomson made this observation on Thursday, July 20, 2022, when she appeared in Parliament to answer to some questions relating to her Ministry.
Her response was in connection to a question posed by the NDC MP for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem, Samuel Atta-Mills who has sought to find out from her why the fish processing plant in Elmina is still closed and what is the Ministry doing about it.
The Elmina Fish Processing Plant was constructed by Expotec International Limited of India at a cost of US$7.8million with funding from the EXIM Bank of India.
The facility was commissioned by then President, John Dramani Mahama, on Monday, November 28, 2016.
It was later handed over to a Ghanaian management firm, Raphael Spectrum Company Limited, to manage in 2017.
However, nothing fruitful came out, with the facility eventually shutting down operations.
Commenting on the state of the plant, Hon. Koomson said the absence of an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), which is a waste treatment plant, as well as faulty condenser coils for the refrigeration system contributed in shutting down the facility.
According to her, through the defect liability period, the condenser coil for one of the refrigerators was replaced.
The absence of the ETP, she added, was design defect, which the contract did not cover.
Hon. Koomson, who is also the NPP MP for Awutu Senya East, further told Parliament that the Indian Government which funded the project, has agreed to use the outstanding amount on the Project to replace the iron coils with copper coils, install an ETP and construct a warehouse for the facility to make it operational.