The presence of armed soldiers in Ada and its surrounding communities is not at the behest of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the McDan Group of companies, Daniel McKorley, New Crusading GUIDE has learnt.
It has emerged that some group of persons who are keen on fighting the ongoing development of the Songor Salt Project, have launched another scattering attack, churning falsehood and vile propaganda against McDan.
These groups of people claimed in some media publications that McDan had deployed armed military personnel to Ada and its surrounding communities whose presence is causing great havoc to residents especially farmers.
It was alleged that the said armed soldiers were protecting McDan to construct roads through their farms. This, according to them, led to the destruction of farms and farm produce.
They claimed that the CEO of McDan Shipping company Limited, Dr. Daniel McKorley is using the heavily armed soldiers to protect the land that he “controversially acquired” at Ada.
The soldiers are also alleged to brutalize unarmed civilians in the communities.
Meanwhile, checks conducted by this paper have revealed that although soldiers were in Ada and some surrounding areas, they were not in Songor where the development of the salt project is centred.
This paper has gathered that as part of preparations towards the celebration of the Asafotu festival, military presence was sought by the Chiefs to help contractors construct the roads.
Also, claims that Dr.McKorley has gotten a few of the chiefs in the area to sign a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) that cedes 12 acres of the people’s land to him is a blatant falsehood.
Checks conducted have revealed that the government through Parliament approved the lease agreements granting mineral rights to Electrochem Ghana Limited to dig for, mine and produce salt at Ada Songor area in the Greater Accra Region.
The mining lease agreements were in respect of the Ada Songor Salt Projects which agreement were laid in Parliament for ratification on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. OseiKyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on behalf of the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, pursuant to Article 268(1) of the Constitution and Section 5(4) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703).