President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday joined the chiefs and people of Ada to celebrate their annual Asafotufiami festival with a promise to advance more development projects to the area.
According to the President, the government has plans toward the development of the enormous tourism, aquaculture, salt production potentials of Ada in the Greater Accra Region.
As part of the plan, he announced that government has allocated GH¢ 27 million for the asphalting of the Kesseh-Ada road.
Addressing a grand durbar to climax the festival, the President expressed optimism that the road project would significantly enhance transportation that would boost the tourism industry in the area.
“We are confident that the re-construction of the road would open up the area to tourists and investors especially in aquaculture and salt production,” he said.
President Mahama underscored the essential nature of road infrastructure to development, saying the government was determined towards improving the road network across the country.
Touching on salt production in the Ada-Songhor area, President Mahama said there was a need to develop the salt industry through the introduction of modern technology to produce good quality salt that could compete favourably in the global market.
The establishment of the salt factory, he said would also create employment for more youth in the area so as to reduce the migration of the youth from rural to urban areas for non-existent jobs.
On crop and fish farming, he called on the farmers to form cooperatives to attract support from government and financial institutions to step up their agriculture production.
He gave the assurance that the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, under the nuclear out-grower scheme would offer the necessary support to fish farmers to increase their production levels and subsequently increase the export of their products.
Nene Abram Kabu Akuoku III, Paramount Chief of the Ada Traditional Area, in his welcome address earlier, appealed to government to support more brilliant but needy students in the area, who are unable to further their education due to poverty.
He said the deplorable nature of the roads in the area has retarded economic development of the area, and appealed to government to address the problem and other infrastructure challenges in the area.
Various traditional performances characterised the durbar which was attended by chiefs from the region, and thousands of, indigenes of Ada, as well as tourists.
Asafotufiami festival, which means firing of muskets, is celebrated annually to mark the heroic performance of the ancestors for Ada to safeguard their lands and property from their enemies.
By Edmund Mingle