The Chiefs and people of Toflokpo, Salom, Bornikopey and surrounding communities in the Ada area are determined not to relinquish their main source of livelihood that is the Songor lagoon to ElectroChem Ghana Limited following a lease agreement between the government and ElectroChem Gh. Ltd to enable the company mine salt on over 39, 000 acres of land at Songor lagoon and surrounding communities for 15 years.
The ensuing disagreement over the large acres of land granted to the company has already resulted in the shooting and brutalisation of 15 indegines at Madegbe, a community around the Songor last month by some unknown persons and others including a 15 year old girl who was shot in front of her house by some unknown people alledgely in the company of the DCE for Ada West and some police officers.
The custodian of the Songor lagoon, Numo Amate Apedo Ayornu addressing the media at Ada said that although the company failed to consult the true owners of the lagoon and yet they were granted 12, 428 acres of land.
The company has however acquired 39,000 acres of land fraudulently far exceeding what was granted to the company by the government promising to put up palaces for the chiefs in connivance with the Ada paramountcy ‘describing the chiefs who signed the agreement as gullible, shortsighted without the legal standing to lease the Songor lagoon and surrounding communities to any investor without the consent of the communities along the Songor especially the libi wornor who is the custodian of the lagoon.
“My people would have to survive, this is where they get their daily bread” he noted.
He therefore called on government to cancel the three lease agreement granted ElectroChem Gh. Ltd. for peace to prevail in Ada and implement the master plan which was developed for the interest of all Ada communities for salt development in the country and also institute investigations into the shooting of the 15 members of the community.