Profile of Jerry Ahmed Shaib ESQ.
Jerry Ahmed Shaib is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) and Acting Board Chairman of The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Jerry Shaib Ahmed rose to prominence after sustaining narrow defeat against Hon. Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, immediate past Mayor of Accra in the Ablekuma South Parliamentary elections.
Jerry Ahmed Shaib is a lawyer by profession. He was awarded a Law Qualifying Certificate in 2010 and called to the Bar in the same year as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, a Master of Science in Philosophy and an Executive MBA in Marketing.
He served as Special Aide to the former Mayor of Accra, Hon. Stanley Adjiri-Blankson and was very instrumental in championing various change initiatives driven by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. He also represented Ghana at various functions on behalf of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. Most recently, he attended a sustainable development XXX program in Liverpool as Ghana’s representative as indicated on his profile on Coastal Development Authority’s web portal.
In April 2018, Jerry Ahmed Shaib was appointed Deputy CEO of CODA. Later in October, 2018 the CEO, Mr. Samuel Attah-Mensah resigned; Jerry Shaib Ahmed was subsequently made the CEO of CODA and ever since he assumed office the coastal communities of Ghana has regained hope.
Coastal Development Authority
The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) was first captured in the 2016 New Patriotic Party’s Manifesto as an authority that would cater for the coastal areas of Volta, Western, Greater Accra and Central Region. CODA is established to administrate and manage funds of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
CODA was created by the Coastal Development Authority Act, 2017 (Act 961) with the objectives of accelerating economic and social development in the Coastal Development Zone through strategic direction in the planning and prioritization of development projects and to mobilize public resources, including financial resources and private and public investments for the accelerated economic and social development of the Coastal Development Zone. Its other objectives are: to coordinate development activities in the Coastal Development Zone with the aim of ensuring that; Public resources are effectively utilized and Private sector investments achieve maximum development impact to reduce poverty and deprivation in every part of the Zone. It also has the duty to formulate and implement initiatives towards achieving gender equality and empowerment of vulnerable groups in the Coastal Development Zone.
There are couple of projects being undertaken by CODA in the Central Region, Greater Accra Region, Oti Region, Volta Region, Western North Region and Western Region. 
A few of these projects are mentioned below.
CODA has begun with the reconstruction of two major markets in Shai Osudoku. The GH¢4.6 million project is expected to provide the Dodowa and Asutuare markets with 40 lockable stalls, 40 open sheds and a creche under the first and second phase respectively. The project being executed by the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) under the One Constituency One million Dollar government programme is expected to be completed in six months to boost the socio-economic activity of the district, the Ghanaian Times reporter; Lawrence Vomafa – Akpalu writes.
The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, cuts sod for the construction of an ultra-modern market complex for the people of Cape Coast. The facility, being constructed with funding from the Coastal Development Authority (CODA), will serve the over 70,000 residents in the ancient capital of Ghana and beyond, Joy Online reports.
Chief Executive Officer of the Coastal Development Authority (CODA), Jerry Ahmed Shaib on Thursday, 14th May 2020 cuts sod for the construction of a modern market at Ada Kasseh in the Ada East Constituency of the Greater Accra Region. The move is part of the allocation of the One million dollar per constituency; under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), Joy Online reports.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has held a stakeholder meeting with residents of Ablekuma South to seek the community’s consent for the reconstruction of the Tuesday Market. The project which is under the auspices of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) with funding from the US$1 million per constituency allocation is expected to be completed in six (6) months as provided on the AMA web portal on 10th March, 2020.
Furthermore, the Mayor of Accra; Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah has also assured that the reconstruction of the Salaga market in Accra would commence soon, courtesy the $1 million per constituency pledge under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) through the Coastal Development Authority (CODA).
Bukom and Jamestown: both communities in the Odododiodoo Constituency in the Greater Accra Region will soon boast of two ultra-modern football pitches (astroturf) to help nurture the interest of the youth in sports and unearth talents in the community. The football parks to be constructed at Mantse Agbonaa and Bukom Square will be financed by the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) under the One-constituency, One-million dollars project and maintained by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
On the 1st July, 2020 Citizen News Room reports that, the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has started construction works on the Cape Coast Artisanal Village at Mempeasem in the Cape Coast North Constituency. A brief sod-cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of work on the project was held on Wednesday, 1st July, 2020. The ceremony was graced by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coastal Development Authority (CODA), Jerry Ahmed Shaib; the Deputy Minister of Works and Housing and MP for Cape Coast North, Barbara Asher Ayisi, the Mayor of Cape Coast, Ernest Arthur and the Deputy CEO of CODA, Mr. Kingsley Kofi Karikari Bondzie.
Omankyeame Media reports that, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coastal Development Authority (CODA), Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib stated during a press briefing some two months back that his outfit has claimed receipt of some 1,300 outboard motors as part of a total of 5,000 to be received. These outboard motors are subsidized for purchase by the fisher-folk within the coastal regions, to aid in effective fishing and boost income within the sector.
Recently, CODA has distributed quantities of face marks to various institutions as well as to traders and lorry stations. This is part of attempt to contain the spread of the novel Corona virus.
My humble opinion is that, many underestimated Jerry Ahmed Shaib prior to this appointment. It believed that, he was young and inexperienced to handle a ministerial position. He has proved his detractors wrong. He is such an innovative personality. Ablekuma South would forever be proud of him for his enormous achievements. We can’t wait to see him assume a Ministerial position.
If I am to continue listing the achievements of CODA and its boss, I may end up writing a whole book. I may break here to publish yet more of his achievements in my next article.

Source: Omankyeame Media.


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