April 09th, 2016
On 7th April 2016 the second large Community Engagement Event took place in the Presbyterian Church of Old Ningo. More than 300 people were present at this meeting in order to get additional information on the progress of the 225 MW wind park project.
The participants included representatives of the
Ningo-Prampram District Assembly, the Ningo Traditional Council, Queenmothers,
Community leaders and Elders of all 18 communities, Landholders, Farmer and and
Fisher Folks, Women Groups, the District’s Health Management Team, the Drivers Union,
the Great Ningo Youth Association as well as representatives of the Fire
Service, Police and the Public and Vested Land Management Division.
The Chairman of the event was Mr. Mattew Tay,
Ningo-Prampram’s District Co-ordinating Director, who represented the District
Chief Executive. He expressed, that this wind energy project enjoys full
support of the local authorities, since it will contribute to reducing the
challenges the country is currently facing. He concluded that when the project
becomes operational, it is hoped that the socio-economic living standards of
the citizenry will be improved and Great Ningo shall become the ‘eye’ of the
entire sub region.
The Acting President of the Ningo Traditional
Council, Nene Kanor Atiapah III, expressed the joy of the chiefs and people of
the Ningo Traditional Area to be beneficiaries of such a huge project. He said
his people are privileged because the project when realized will render the
Ningo Community to become a center of attraction. He appealed to his people of
Ningo to share his view of the project and welcome NEK and Lekela to Ningo.
Following the welcome address of these two opinion
leaders of the region, the presentation of the project developers started. The
Community Liaison Officer as well as the Project and Development Managers from
both, NEK and Lekela explained the various aspects of wind energy and provided
an update on the development status. The presentation also highlighted the
outcome of the socio-economic baseline study and the upcoming geotechnical
An open forum provided the platform for interactions
between the project developers and the participants. Questions bothering on community benefits as
well as recruitment and maximising local employment for the people in the area
were addressed by the Community Liaison Officer.
The event was a full success and helped the
community to further understand the impacts of a wind energy project in their
area. The feedback of all involved stakeholders was throughout positive.
Below can be found some pictures of the event.