It’s illegal to wean sand from beaches – KeMA declares

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By Lorlornyofm November 12, 2021 05:54

It’s illegal to wean sand from beaches – KeMA declares

The Keta Municipal Assembly has resolved to enforce the ban on sand weaning and its related activities in the Municipality insisting, “it’s illegal to win sand at the beaches.

Mr Emmanuel Gemegah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Keta said the Assembly would not sit aloof while illegalities continued to the detriment of all.

Mr Gemegah who is also Chairman of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) spoke in an interview with the Ghana News Agency following the inauguration of a joint Police and Military task force to enforce the ban.

He said the taskforce had become necessary as it would serve as an immediate measure to rein in the devastating effects of the sea on people along coastal communities in the Municipality, disclosing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other experts named sand winning from the beaches as one of the causes of the current predicament the people of Keta and other neighbouring communities were facing.

Currently, citizens of Keta and the region are calling for government intervention after sea water on Sunday submerged about 300 homes at Kedzikope, Abutiakope and Keta Central in the Municipality, rendering about 2,000 people homeless with similar situation happening across the other two coastal districts of the region namely Anloga and Ketu South.
The Keta MCE said while the Assembly awaited the intervention from central government, there was the need for immediate action to stop further destruction to property and the only way out was to enforce the ban on sand weaning.

He admitted that the Assembly was aware of the need for sand and gravel for building purposes and encouraged citizens to procure these materials from communities that had the permit to mine sand for the meantime, while the Assembly worked out plans with the EPA to find appropriate places where the activity could be safely conducted.

The taskforce made up of stakeholders including chiefs, Police, Assembly members, National Intelligence Bureau, the Military, and EPA is tasked to ensure that wrongdoers were arrested and prosecuted to deter others from winning sand from beaches and its related activities including collecting pebbles from the sea.

Members of the taskforce assured the public of their readiness to work to save places (they call home) from disappearing from history and called on all to help make it possible.
Superintendent of Police Jordan Quaye reacted to the charge of the taskforce “to work without fear or favour” saying, with the inclusion of chiefs and other opinion leaders on the taskforce, the problem of interference with the course of justice would be solved.
GNA

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