Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA
Tema, March 18, GNA - Fishermen operating on the coastline of Tema have threatened to embark on a demonstration against the Meridian Ports Services (MPS) over complete disregard to a compensation agreement with them upon the commencement of the Tema Port expansion project in 2016.
In a press release signed by Mr Adjetey Tawiah, Secretary, Canoe Owners Association, copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Tema, stated that, MPS and all its allied stakeholders were yet to fulfill promises made to the fishermen who were affected by the activities of the Tema Port expansion project.
Mr. Adjetey noted that, per the conditions agreed on in 2016, an amount of 1.5 million dollars was to be shared among the five landing beaches which included, Nungua, Sakumono, Tema Newtown, Kpone and Prampram.
According to him, none of the fisher folks had received what were due them.
He added that their children were to be on a scholarship scheme to enable them achieve higher academic excellence ‘but nothing has been head from MPS’.
The secretary to the Tema Canoe Owners again stated that, the continuous drilling, dredging, and blasting of some explosives within the coastal lines had forced the fishes to move far from the shores.
He said some fishes got killed in the process, a situation he claimed was affecting their catch.
Meanwhile, officials of MPS have refused to comment.
The 1.5 billion dollar project through the joint partnership with the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) and some agencies was expected to be completed in June this year.