Concerned members of the Greater Accra Regional Canoe Fishermen Association (GARCFA) of Sege in the Ada West District, are boiling with anger over attacks on them by a vigilante group within Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.
The aggrieved fisher-folks clad in red appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to save them from the constant attacks by this vigilante group.
In a petition dated Tuesday, July 4, 2017 and addressed to the President through the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Opare, the fisher-folks alleged that the vigilante group was formed by the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Madam Elizabeth Afoley.
The two-page petition was also copied to the National Peace Council, Ministries of Interior, Defence, National Security, Members of Council of State, Members of Parliament (MPs) for Sege, Ada East, Ningo-Prampram, District Chief Executives (DCEs) for Ningo-Prampram, Ada West, Paramount Chief of Ada Traditional Council and the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The petitioners could not understand why an illegal group from Prampram, who themselves are guilty of fishing laws, could be used to terrorise them.
According to the petitioners, anytime they met the group on their fishing expedition the group used their bigger boat to hit and damage their canoes.
“These clashes have resulted in loss of lives and damage to properties running into several millions of Ghana Cedis,” the petitioners noted.
They recalled several occasions where the two groups clashed which resulted in bloodshed, seizure of properties including boats, fishing nets, and outboard motors.
These attacks, they noted were reported to the Greater Accra regional minister but nothing was done about it.
“So far, nineteen (19) boats, nineteen (19) fishing nets and outboard motors sitting in Prampram, have been damaged beyond repairs”, the group said.
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