The state of poverty in the country and our attitudes have forced many to engage in all kinds of illegal activities.
One such activity has to do with the illegal sand winning involving many residents along the coastal areas of our country.
The act is gradually but steadily endangering the lives of the people residing along the coastline and even those residing many miles away.
In the coastal areas of Accra, cape coast and Keta tonnes of sand are mined on a daily basis.
This came to light during a visit to bortiano, Ada and Keta when a group of journalists as part of capacity building program sponsored by USAID and university of cape coast fisheries and coastal management capacity building support project organized for journalist.
During interaction with some residents a long the coastal line Mr saviour Tettevi complained bitterly about the practices and blame the assembly for not doing anything to curb it.
He said the said the sand winning has rendered Keta beaches among other facilities useless and dangerous because of the strength of the waves.
The Assembly member for the area Vui Hon Benjamin Dzodzorme where the Sand winning is booming said the theft of the beach sand is a direct cause of erosion along many shorelines. ‘it’s very damaging to other coastal ecosystem such as wetland ‘
Keta engineer Mr Samuel Dompreh said they are working hand in hand with the police to arrest the culprit and they also need the support of all.
The time had come for the authorities to take firm action to save the remaining beaches from further destruction and it can be done by arresting people.
It will be prudent for various district assemblies to wage a relentless war on the illegal sand winning to bring the situation under control.