Friday, 23 February

Songor salt mine: 8 out of every ten workers are Ada indigenes - Electrochem

Mr Bernard Tetteh, Chief Operating Officer of Electrochem Ghana Limited

The management at Electrochem Ghana Limited, operators of the Ada Songor salt mine in the Greater Accra Region, has refuted claims that Ada indigenes do not form the majority of the company's workforce.

 Contrary to the notion that locals constitute a small portion of the staff, the company asserts that 98 per cent of its workforce comprises individuals from the Ada area.

Mr Bernard Tetteh, Chief Operating Officer of Electrochem Ghana Limited, clarified this during an interview on Accra100.5FM's morning show Ghana Yensom hosted by Odehyeeba Kofi Essuman on Accra100.5 FM on Wednesday, 29 November 2023.

He emphasised that the workforce includes drivers, security personnel, workmen, managerial staff, and others, totalling about three thousand employees. 

Mr Tetteh highlighted the common use of the Dangme language within the company, reinforcing the unity among the workforce.

Addressing misconceptions, Mr Tetteh called for support for the operations and vision of Mr Daniel McKorley, the Chief Executive Officer of Electrochem Ghana Limited. 

He emphasised the company's commitment to elevating the local community above the poverty line.

Providing context, Mr Tetteh explained that when Electrochem Ghana Limited obtained a fifteen-year lease to mine salt from the 41,000-acre Songor lagoon, the company engaged with the chiefs and residents for three years. 

''Sixty-six chiefs from the catchment area were involved in the discussions. The engagements led to the procurement of three vertical laser machines at a cost of 16 million dollars, aimed at creating community pans for individuals interested in salt mining outside the company's jurisdiction,'' he said. 

This initiative allows 19 million liters of seawater into the lagoon daily, boosting fishing activities, he added.

However, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ada Songor Association, Mr Abraham Tetteh Karim, contested the company's claims of employing Ada indigenes. 

He challenged the stated number of employees, asserting that the company's claim of having 3,000 workers is inaccurate.

Source: Mensah