The Coastal Development Authority (CODA), on Wednesday 23rd of February 2022, met Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Greater Region at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly auditorium.
The encounter forms part of CODA’s public engagement which seeks to strengthen ties between the Authority and key relevant stakeholders and development partners in the Greater Accra Region. It also gave CODA the opportunity to update the MMDCEs on progress of Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) projects in the region.
The Chief Executive Officer of CODA, Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib in his welcome address appealed to the MMDCEs on the need for them to collaborate with the Authority since their role as partners is crucial in the implementation of developmental projects and programmes in the region.
Mr. Victor Mensah, the Head of Projects and Works of the Authority in his presentation highlighted several projects that have been completed in the region with others at various stages of completion. According to him, a total number of one hundred and seventy-six (176) projects are being constructed in all thirty- four (34) constituencies in Greater Accra in the areas of economic development, education, bridges, roads, drainage, sanitation, sports among others. Aside the infrastructure projects are some social interventions such as the CODA Credit Union, CODA Drive, CODA Health Train, CODA Fishers Support, Porters Empowerment and the CODA Farmers Support.
CODA Clean Beach Campaign
According to Ing. Michael Konadu, the Greater Accra Regional Director of CODA, in order to improve solid waste management and clean environmental conditions at the coastal communities, CODA in partnership with Centre for Coastal Management(CCM) at the University of Cape Coast and the Coastal Conservancy Organization (CCO) is piloting the CODA Clean Beach Campaign.
As part of the pilot implementation, a DESMI Litter trap equipment has been installed at the estuary of the Korle lagoon to prevent floating plastics from directly entering the sea.
The MMDCEs pledged their continuous support and collaboration with CODA since they are all development partners and will as a matter of urgency link the Clean Beach Campaign to the Operation Clean Your Frontage Initiative being championed by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Honourable Henry Quartey to ensure that coastal communities are kept clean.
Present at the meeting were the Authority’s Deputy CEO, Finance, Mr. Kingsley Kofi Karikari-Bondzie; and Deputy CEO, Works, Mr. Bob Charles Agbontor and some members of the Authority’s management.