The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in collaboration with the Tema Municipal Assembly (TMA) is working to put in place a committee that will see to it that portions of the Ramsar Site Lagoon that has been encroached upon is dredged to help bring back to life the once vibrant natural habitat.
A visit by NADMO, TMA and other stakeholders to Tema Community 5 where the Ramsar Site is located showed how a greater portion of the lagoon has been encroached upon by individuals, including, estate developers.
Snippets of information gathered, indicate that, the lagoon which is internationally recognized by the Global Conservation under Wetlands Management Regulation 1999 LI 1659 of 1988 was once a vibrant habitat for fishes and other water-borne creatures. The Convention was signed by the international community at Ramsar in Iran on February 2, 1971. It must be noted further that birds from Europe and other places make stop-overs at the site for short periods before continuing their journey.
Also, during the dry season, the site is used for the cultivation of onions and other vegetables.
The site has now become an eye-sore due to the activities of encroachers. During the visit, equipment being used by an estate developer were seized. These included concrete mixers, shovels and a large-sized polytank.
Some residents living close by expressed worry about the current state of the lagoon, adding something urgent needed to be done before things got out of hand.
Officers present at the site included Abu Ramadan, Deputy Director General Operations, Archibald Cobbina, Greater Accra Regional NADMO Director, Hajia Zainabu Abdullai, Tema NADMO Director, the Tema Municipal Chief Executive, Felix Mensah-La as well as Engineers from TMA.