Fishermen at the Abrofo Mpoano fishing community in Cape Coast have expressed displeasure over government’s failure to support victims of the tidal wave incident which occurred last year.
According to them, stakeholders such as the National Disaster Management and Organisation and the Fisheries Ministry who pledged their support some few days after the incident, have not honoured their pledge till date.
The Fisheries and Aqua Culture Development Minister and MP for Krowor Constituency, Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye in the company of her deputy Minister and other dignitaries, assured fishing communities that were affected by tidal waves which struck some fishing communities in the central region on Sunday June 11, 2017 of government support.
The Minister promised to support some affected fishermen at Ankaful, Kormantse, Abandze, Anomabo and Cape Coast.
Fisheries and Aqua Culture Development Minister and MP for Krowor Constituency, Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye
However some fishermen at Abrofo Mpoano in Cape Coast say the minister is yet to honour her promise to them.
Speaking exclusively to ATL FM news, a victim of the tidal wave incident, Ekow Gyan revealed that, since the incident, victims of the disaster have not received anything from the government.
He noted that the turn of events suggest the government only took them for a ride with it vague promises. He concludes that the situation has had a heavy toll on their activities ever since.
‘When the tidal waves occurred, many things were damaged. The government assured us that, they will help we the affected ones. But none of us has received anything from them.
We have gone for loans again, and that is what we are using to revive our business. Things are very difficult for us now. It looks like the government has taken us for granted, always giving promises and not fulfilling them.’ He said.
Aftermath Of Tidal Waves Incident In Central Region
On his part, the Chief fisherman of Cape Coast, Kyeame Kwabena Baanyan said efforts made to get support from the government have all proven fruitless.
The fisheries commission is however yet to respond to this concern by the fishermen.
In June 2017, at least three fishing communities in the Central Region were hit by the tidal waves, killing one fisherman and destroying dozens of canoes and some properties.
Source: Aba Aikins / ATL FM NEWS