Residents of some communities in the Ketu South municipality of the Volta region of Ghana have staged demonstration in protest against activities of Kessington Salt Factory, Indian Salt company operating in the area.
The Protesters clad in red dress and headgears chanted war songs traditionally signifying the daring nature of their sentiments.
The communities which share the lagoon with the Kessington Salt factory say, the activities of the company is impacting negatively on the environment effecting their sources of livelihood.
The residents mostly from Agbozume and Klikor say the extraction of salt from the lagoon by the Indian company has polluted their reliable water source and diminishing local fish stock .
The aggrieved residents say, the Indian firm which has been mining salt from the lagoon in the area since 2011, has breached the agreed terms of engagement.
According to the protesters ,the firm’s over exploitation of the Keta Lagoon,has resulted in the drying up of the lagoon, which the adjourning communities, including, Agbozume, Klikor and Adina rely on for fishing.
Arguing that, wells from which they source water to irrigate their farms have all dried, faulting the company for the predicament .
Korku Amedume, leader of the demonstrators who presented their petition to the Ketu South Municipal Coordinating director, appealed to President of Ghana,Nana Akufo Addo to direct for environmental impact Assessment into the operation of the Indian salt firm to ensure that,the company operates within the confines of the law and terms of agreement with the communities to mitigate the environmental impact of its operations .