The leadership of Concerned Fishermen in 35 fishing communities along the Upper Manya and Asuogyaman Districts stretch of the volta lake have expressed disappointment...
The leadership of Concerned Fishermen in 35 fishing communities along the Upper Manya and Asuogyaman Districts stretch of the volta lake have expressed disappointment in the Eastern Regional Minister,Eric Kwakye Darfuor for not showing traits of fair leadership in handling the impasse between them and the company undertaking underwater logging in the Volta lake.
Leaders of the concerned fishermen stormed the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council to meet the Regional Minister.Their arrival coincided with Regional Security Council Meeting but the fishermen alleged that the regional Minister who had earlier invited them to the meeting “sacked” them when they emphasized their entrenched positions of not being in support of logging of trees in the lake due to dire consequences on fishing which is their only source of livelihood.
There was Chaos at Sedom, a fishing community in the Asuogyaman District recently after Armed Military personnel clash with aggrieved fishermen in the area. According to Ayitah Amos, chairman of the concerned local fishermen about 20 warning shots were fired as the military numbering about 10 allegedly brutalize one of the fishermen and destroyed his mobile phone.
A meeting with the DCE for Asuogyaman,Samuel Agyekum ended abruptly after confusion broke following alleged unhealthy utterance by the DCE.
Fishermen in about 32 communities along the Volta lake in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern region were demanding compensation from Serengeti Company Limited and its partners,Deideso Holdings harvesting underwater tree stumps in the Volta Lake for direct loss of income before they allow the company operate at peace with them.
The angry fishermen few months ago embarked on’ demonstration claiming the activities of the company will deplete fish stock in their operational area.
A stakeholders meeting held by the Eastern Regional Minister in Koforidua to resolve the impasse nearly turned chaotic as the fishermen rejected appeal by the Minister to allow the company work in peace.
The Volta Lake estimated to be 8,600 square-kilometre reservoir created as a result of a the construction of the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam in 1964, culminated in the submergence of
large tracts of forest.
According to research, over 14 million cubic meters of rot-resistant hardwoods such as wawa, odum and ebony trees were submerged in the lake.
Timber resources in the Volta lake were quantified at 2.8 billion dollars.
About 2% of the economic trees in the lake has been given out by Government of Ghana to Serengeti Company Limited and its partners,Deideso Holdings to harvest the underwater tree stumps in the lake which is entirety home to ninety per cent (90%) of Ghana’s inland fishery with about 80,000 fishermen depending on it for their livelihood therefore agitation over fear of negative impact through the direct loss of income.