Cape Coast, Aug.31, GNA – Osabarima Kwesi Atta
II, Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area (OTA) has issued a warning to illegal
sand winners to desist from the act to prevent any imminent disaster in coastal
He explained that the distasteful act had
brought about high tidal waves that was eroding the natural sea defence along
the beaches and exposing residents along that stretch to danger.
He cited the Keta and Ada experience as an
example of how tidal waves had rendered many homeless as others live in fear in
many parts of the country.
The Omanhen, who was speaking at a forum on
child labour and trafficking in Cape Coast, stated that, the practice had also
destroyed landing bases, thereby affecting the livelihoods of many fishing
communities and destroying eco-tourism along the beaches.
Osabarima Kwesi Atta encouraged residents not
to hesitate to report such self-seeking social miscreants engaged in the
illegal act to the appropriate agencies.
He pleaded with state agencies responsible for
protecting the environment, including the Minerals Commission, Mines
Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the District Assemblies to
up enforcement and monitoring activities.
They should act immediately and decisively to
arrest and punish offenders when apprehended, to serve as a deterrent to others.
However, a Ghana News Agency search at the
beaches within the Cape Coast metropolis confirmed the practice, as several
people were seen moulding blocks with sand from the beach.
Mr Edward Kofi Ewusi, a block layer at Anaafo,
a suburb of Cape Coast, who had been in the business for years, in an interview
with the GNA said, even though they were aware that the practice was illegal,
it was their only means of survival due to unemployment.
He explained that water and cement bags were
brought to the shore at dawn to produce the cement blocks to avoid being
detected by the authorities.
Mr Ewusi appealed to the government to create
jobs in fishing communities to reduce the over-dependency on beach sand for
construction purposes to protect the beaches.