Anlo Beach residents to be resettled

Sekondi, The residents of Anlo Beach, a fishing community along the beaches of the Shama District would soon be relocated to save lives and property.

Residents of the area, mainly Ewe settlers, who have migrated to engage in fishing expeditions continue to suffer from the effects of climate change and tidal waves, which is gradually wiping out the village.

Mr Abdul Ganiyu Mohammed, Western Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation told the GNA in an interview that land had been secured for the relocation adding, “we are currently engaging with the owners of the land to formalise all due process to enable us successfully resettle these people”.

The community with a population of about 500, though for some time now had rejected the offer of resettlement, have now come to terms with the reality of danger and destruction that awaited them in the near future should they continue to resist.

The NADMO boss said, “We are still engaging the chiefs, opinion leaders and the Shama District Assembly on the proposed plan of resettlement and the needed budget that has to be prepared for a smooth transition”.

Mr Ganiyu said from January to September this year, the Region recorded more than 45 disasters which affected over 28,060 victims.

He said out of the number of disasters recorded, 65 people were injured, six deaths, 2,250 farmlands and 385 houses were destroyed.

He said disasters were mainly in the areas of gas explosion, collapse galamsey pits, tidal waves at Shama and floods in Samreboi and Nzema East.

Mr Ganiyu said managing disasters was a collective responsibility and stressed the need to advocate the safety of humans.

He said NADMO in collaboration with its stakeholders were vigorously undertaking Disaster Response such as risk assessment, public education and hazard mapping among other activities in order to help reduce disasters in the region.

Source: Ghana News Agency