C’ttee To Settle Dispute Over Oyster Mining

A six-member committee is to be constituted to investigate the tension mounting between the people of South Tongu in the Volta Region and Ada in the Greater Accra Region over who has the right to mine oyster in the Volta river.

The committee would comprise of two representatives each from Ada and South Tongu and two other neutral people and has been given two weeks to present its report.

It is billed to be inaugurated on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 to commence work.

These were the outcomes of a meeting jointly convened by the Police and the South Tongu District Assembly, and attended by people from various communities in Ada and South Tongu Assembly members as well as oyster miners from both sides to find a lasting solution the problem.

The meeting resolved that mining and rearing of oyster be suspended until the matter was amicably settled in the best interest of the two communities.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times after the meeting, the Ashaiman Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent (Chief Supt) David Eklu who has oversight responsibility for Ada, described the meeting as successful and fruitful.

Chief Supt. Eklu advised the people to exercise restraint and respect the law in resolving their differences adding “anybody who takes the law into his or her own hands will be dealt with, without fear or favour”.

The Presiding Member of South Tongu District Assembly, Mr. John Sedo-Agbemabiese, commended the police for their prompt response in averting any clash between the two communities.

Assembly members from Ada and South Tongu, who attended the meeting, expressed their joy at the fruitful deliberations at the meeting and gave the assurance that they would ensure that members of their electoral areas adhered to the decisions taken to enhance peace.

It is recalled that The Ghanaian Times issue of November 13, carried a story headlined “two communities gear up for battle over rights to mine oyster” which said, tension was mounting between the people of South Tongu and Ada, over who has the right to mine oyster in the Volta river.

The story said the situation had led to confrontation and clashes between the two communities. From  Dzifa Emma Tetteh, Agbeve, South Tongu

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