Disagreement Over Oyster Mining

An oyster miner selling some of his catch to a buyer. Police personnel have been deployed to Ada to maintain law and order, following the disagreement between oyster miners in South Tongu and  Ada over the mining of oysters.

The Divisional Police Commander for Ashaiman, who has oversight responsibility for Ada, Chief Superintendent David Eklu in an interview with The Ghanaian Times said based on The Ghanaian Times publication on the issue, police acted swiftly by deploring personnel to Ada to have first hand information on the situation on the ground, and take steps to avert any mishap.

The police also used the opportunity to interact with some of the community members as well as Assembly members on the way forward.

The Divisional Police Commander said that information picked up so far reveals that it was a few members of the two communites  who are trying to disturb the peace and cautioned them not to take the law into their own hands and destroy their livelihoods.

Chief Superintendent Eklu, who visited the scene with the Tema Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Philip Aleawobu and the Ada District Commander, Chief Superintendent John Yamba, said  they were in contact with their counterparts in South Tongu, in the Volta Region, to ensure that law and order are maintained.

He described the response from both communities so far “as very encouraging” and said a meeting had been scheduled with both Ada and South Tongu to resolve the issue amicably.

The Assembly Member for the Agbeve Electoral Area in South Tongu, Mr. Ebenezer Oklika said members of the community were happy about the commitment of the police and promised to mobilise members of the community for discussions on the matter.

It would be  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 rights to mine oysters in the Volta River.

The story said the situation had led to confrontations and clashes between the two communities.  From Dzifa Emma Tetteh,

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