Cape Coast, Aug.31, GNA - Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area (OTA) has issued a warning to illegal sand winners to desist from the act to prevent any imminent disaster in coastal communities.
He explained that the distasteful act had brought about high tidal waves that was eroding the natural sea defence along the beaches and exposing residents along that stretch to danger.
He cited the Keta and Ada experience as an example of how tidal waves had rendered many homeless as others live in fear in many parts of the country.
The Omanhen, who was speaking at a forum on child labour and trafficking in Cape Coast, stated that, the practice had also destroyed landing bases, thereby affecting the livelihoods of many fishing communities and destroying eco-tourism along the beaches.
Osabarima Kwesi Atta encouraged residents not to hesitate to report such self-seeking social miscreants engaged in the illegal act to the appropriate agencies.
He pleaded with state agencies responsible for protecting the environment, including the Minerals Commission, Mines Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the District Assemblies to up enforcement and monitoring activities.
They should act immediately and decisively to arrest and punish offenders when apprehended, to serve as a deterrent to others.
However, a Ghana News Agency search at the beaches within the Cape Coast metropolis confirmed the practice, as several people were seen moulding blocks with sand from the beach.
Mr Edward Kofi Ewusi, a block layer at Anaafo, a suburb of Cape Coast, who had been in the business for years, in an interview with the GNA said, even though they were aware that the practice was illegal, it was their only means of survival due to unemployment.
He explained that water and cement bags were brought to the shore at dawn to produce the cement blocks to avoid being detected by the authorities.
Mr Ewusi appealed to the government to create jobs in fishing communities to reduce the over-dependency on beach sand for construction purposes to protect the beaches.GNA