The Member of Parliament for the Anlo Constituency who is also a former Minister for Food and Agriculture, Clement Kofi Humado, has observed some geographical challenges with the Coastal Development Authority Bill, 2017 which is currently under consideration in Parliament.
He noted that the challenges if not addressed early may create problems for the people in the Regions listed.
He has issues with why people in the northern parts of the stated Regions have been labeled as coastal people.
“The geographical report indicates and indeed the Bill itself in the column on interpretation that, the geographical coverage of the Authority is Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western.
For the entity of these Regions to be categorized as coastal is strange to me,” he stated.
He stated, that the geographic orientation, especially the North South orientation of these Regions does not lend itself as part of the Coasts of Ghana, adding that, “the problem is how far inland in each of these Regions can be considered as coasts”.
The MP made these revelations when he was contributing to the debate on the Bill on the Floor of the House.
The Bill seeks to establish a Coastal Development Authority to provide a framework for accelerated economic and social development of the constituencies and areas in the Greater Accra, Central, Western and Volta Regions of Ghana.
One of the roles that Authority is expected to play, according to the report submitted to the House by the Chairman of the Committee on Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprises, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, is to lead and coordinate local development initiatives in the Coastal Development Zone.
But the Mr. Humado argued that, ” there are some locations in each of these Regions that are further North than those in the middle belt or in the Northern Development Authority.
“Definitely not Krachi in the Volta Region or Asankragua in the Western Region or Dunkwa in the Central Region”.
He therefore, called for clarity on the use if “Coastal”.
“Either it is not the right term or the inclusion of all parts of the Regions listed is wrong,” Mr. Humado stated.
“Why do we want the Authorities to be conterminous with Regional boundaries, why not Belts, Agro ecological zones that cut across Regions,” the former Minister for Agriculture questioned.
He however, lauded the objective of the Bill agreeing with the needs for legal vehicle for the development of Regions and Districts.
Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah