Editorial: Tidal wave destruction at Ketu South is an alarm call

November 12, 2021 By 0 Comments

In the course of the week, Anlo and the Ketu South Municipality in the Volta Region experienced one of the worse tidal wave phenomena that has been occurring in that part of the country since the 1980s.

Disturbingly, the tidal waves crept through over fifteen communities and rendered several thousands of residents and their dependents including children and pregnant women homeless.

In fact, it worth mentioning that in June, this year, more than thousand residents of Adina, Agavadzi, Amutinu, Salakope and Blekusu communities were displaced when they were hit by tidal waves.

Scientifically, gravitational interactions between the sun, moon and earth are largely responsible for such occurrences, but in our estimation, human activities such as indiscriminate sand winning at the shore cannot be overlooked.

This is so because the dunes are the sentinels of the coast and act as shields that bear all the heavy impacts of the waves and prevent the furious winds from creeping into homes and causing further destructions.

Unfortunately, sand winning across the coastal belt in the country has assumed crisis proportions, and the practise constitutes an existential threat with foreseeable dire consequences.

It is in the light of the aforesaid that we undoubtedly blame the recent dangerous tidal waves on the chronic mining of sand at the shore for construction and other purposes.

It, therefore, did not come to us as a surprise when after the ravaging incident the Keta Municipal Assembly held an emergency security meeting to place an immediate ban on sand mining activities in the municipality.

But why did the authorities sit until the waves cause massive destructions before coming to the realisation that there is the need to ban sand winning in the municipality.

In principle, the authorities who looked on and allowed the wanton sanding winning activities to take place must be made to answer for their actions to serve as a deterrent.

What is of grave concern to the paper is the fact that though the Anlo-Ketu incidents are there for all to see, all forms of sand winning activities are still ongoing, particularly in the Central Region

For instance, communities such as Biriwa, Edina, Cape Coast, Brenu Akyinim, Ampenyin, Ankwanda and Moree, among other places, continue to be the hub of sand winning activities in the region.

Often times, some of the people who engage in these activities, regardless of the dire consequences, normally used unemployment and poverty to justify their actions.

There is unanimity that of high rate of unemployment among the Ghanaian youth, but The Chronicle cannot support the claim that they should be allowed to win sand at the coast for their survival.

In any case, the recent tidal wave disturbances in the Volta Region must send a worrying signal to all. Due to climate change the sea levels are rising and can wreak havoc on coastal towns especially.

As a result, we wish to call on all stakeholders, including chiefs and opinion leaders to as a matter of urgency see the sand winning activities as a threat to national security.

The near calamity at Anlo and Ketu must rekindle in us a sense of awakening to fight the threats of sand winning activities along the coastal belt.

The tidal wave destruction at Anlo and the Ketu South Municipality must be a call on us and the country as a whole to grab the bull by the horn.

The time to stem the dangerous sand winning activities at the coast is now.