March 29th, 2016
Family members, clans, chiefs and representatives gathered in the town of Old Ningo on the 22nd March 2016 in order to commonly agree on the land lease contracts for the 225 MW wind energy project Ayitepa. Around 200 people attended the event in the Pentecost Church of Old Ningo to formally discuss and approve the land lease documents.
The attendees included also representatives of the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly, the Ningo Traditional Council, Great Ningo Youth Association, the Lands Commission, the Minerals Commission and the Police. All participants showed huge interest in collecting more information about the implementation of the wind farm, the potential impacts of the project, and especially also about the social benefits and employment opportunities of the project.
The communities around the planned wind farm are highly interested that
this project will create local labour possibilities for skilled and less
skilled persons. Apart from that, a sincere request for supporting a local
medical centrum with educated staff in the area was released, beside the
request for additional school facilities in the involved communities and
sanitary improvements in the villages.
The operator of the wind park, Lekela Power BV , already assured ahead of this
meeting in writing to allocate financial resources for a community benefit
project prior to commencement of construction of the wind farm. Additional
social projects will follow once construction of the wind farm has started.
The District Chief Executive of the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly,
Hon. Al-Hajj Sa Rhack Nartey, said the government was very much in support of
the wind project because of its enormous benefits to the traditional area and
the country as a whole. He thanked to the Ningo Traditional Council for its
efforts to make the project a reality. He further expressed his gratitude to
the various clans and families who had released lands for the project.
Apart from this statement, various representatives from different
authorities expressed their support for the project combined with the best
wishes for a real quick implementation.
It is scheduled that financial closing for the wind farm at Ayitepa will
be reached in the months to come so that construction can start in the
second half of 2016.