INFORMATION REACHING Wojakugh.com indicates that the people of La, in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, have lost yet another precious heritage site to investors; and this time round the benefactors are not greedy politicians, but a handful of land-grabbing traditional ‘gourmands’.
On-spot investigation by a team of Wojaku NewsHawkers established that portions of the Kpeshie Lagoon, close to the Labadi Beach Hotel have been reclaimed without due diligence to laid down procedures with the relevant institutions.
Response of snap calls to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Minerals and Lands Commission as well as the Ministry of Tourism suggest that non of the those institutions is aware of the project which is aimed further at reducing the volume of intake of water of the Kpeshie Lagoon, a situation which could cause flooding up-stream towards the Zenith College and Burma Camp.
According to Mr. William Akornnor, Chairman of the La Beach Resort Management Board, a committee set-up to manage the La Beach on behalf of the people of La and the La Traditional Council (LTC), the project is aimed at providing a parking lot for patrons of the beach to prevent them from parking on the shoulders of the Accra-Tema Dual Carriage road.
Further enquiries by our NewsHawkers indicate that some foreign Embassies are sponsoring the project which is destined to further aggravate the fish scarcity being experienced by fisherfolk from La and Teshie who ply their trade in the Lagoon.
In an interview with Mr. Michael Nii Yemofio, Country Cordinator of the La Citizens Network (LACNet), he expressed regret at the development saying it is a stab in the back of the LACNet who have organized a series of workshops and stakeholders meetings for the desiliting and preservation of the Kpeshie Lagoon which was once noted for its tasty and juicy species of tilapia and mud-fish.
Recent developments in La over the past few years have seen the sale and re-sale of lands close to the sea and the Kpeshie Lagoon to investors, both foreign and local changing the landscape of the once most beautiful beach in the West African sub-region.
Efforts to reach the La Mantse, Nii Kposbi Tettey Tsuru III proved futile whilst other members of the La Traditional Council chose to remain silent over the matter.