The Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has stated that sand winning activities are become a major national disaster issue that is threatening lives and property in most coastal communities in the country, especially those in the Volta Region.
He, therefore, has appealed to colleague Members of Parliament, local assemblies and other stakeholders to work together tackle the menace from escalating and not play partisan politics with it.
“As a result of sand winning activities in coastal communities in areas such as Aflao, Keta Municipality and the Ketu Municipality, the people in those areas are becoming more vulnerable to the unbearable impact of tidal waves,” he said.
Let’s find solution together
Addressing the press in Parliament on Friday, November 12, Mr Afenyo-Markin said “Much as the government is making effort to provide relief, the relief items are themselves not the solution.
“This is why I am appealing to the stakeholders in the Volta Region to work together with those involved in sand winning activities which are making the people in Keta coastal communities more vulnerable and it will cost the nation more money in terms of recovery and resetting these people,” he said.
He showed a photo of depicting sand winning activities in the Keta coastal area as a proof as well as made references to media reports and research work conducted on sand winning activities and impact of tidal waves in Keta coastal communities.
Buttressing his argument that sand winning had contributed to tidal waves in Keta and other constituencies in the Volta Region, the Deputy Majority Leader said it was on record that the first major intervention made to tackle tidal waves in Keta was during former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s era.
He said again in 2015, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) initiated the Keta Sea Defence project but it was the current government that completed the project.
“So, I am calling on our colleagues in the Volta Region to look at these tidal waves as a national disaster and not look out for scoring cheap political score because obviously we never heard them talk about human activities going on at the Keta area which has led to unbearable effect of what we are seeing today.
“If political actors in the Volta Region had been more responsive, we would not be seeing the devastating effect of tidal waves that we are seeing today,” he said.
He added that: “Parts of Keta’s sandy earth is swept away and transported by natural force of the tidal waves during sea erosions,” he said.