The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has told Parliament that her Ministry is leaving no stone unturned to revive the Elmina Fish Processing Plant and is one of the priorities of her Ministry and government in general, assuring that it will soon be made operational.
Madam Hawa Koomson made this observation on Thursday, July 22, 2021, 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 the minister why the fish processing plant in Elmina is still closed and what is the Ministry doing about it.
The minister answered that, the facility started operations in 2016, however, the facility had challenges with the absence of an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) which is a waste treatment plant as well as faulty condenser coils for the refrigeration system.
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.