Defence Wall Not A Permanent Solution, Adopt Modern Technologies – CIMAG Urges Government

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The Center for International Maritime Affairs Ghana, CIMAG, is opposing construction of sea defense walls as a permanent solution to the devastation of tidal waves on coast communities.

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The Ghana-based maritime think tank rather calls on the government and its stakeholders to adopt modern technological innovations as panacea to the ravaging sea activities on coastal dwellers.

Tidal waves continue to wreak havoc on coastal communities, especially the eastern coast of Ghana, compelling several communities to relocate multiple times in the last few decades.

Only small portions of Keta and Ada-Foah in the Volta and Greater Accra Regions are somehow safe for now due the construction of sea defense walls in those areas, something experts say contributes to the current situation at hand.

From Aflo through Anglo, Ada down to Prampram are presently suffering the intense impact of the sea, with flooding and displacement becoming an annual ritual due to tidal waves.

The current situation has left government and stakeholders to brainstorm on a lasting solution to the problem.

The Executive Director for CIMAG, Albert Derrick Fiatui, is however cautioning government against any haste to opt for sea defense wall.

He said, environmental scientists and ecologists have discovered two technologies that can solve the problem instead of defence walls, adding that these innovations have helped countries including USA to overcome tidal waves destruction.

Mr. Fiatui said not only is defence wall a temporal measure, but it also destroys biodiversity, the very elements that protect the coastal environment.

Touching on funding for such Scientific innovations, the CIMAG boss opined that development partners and donors have made funds available for such projects but feel reluctant to release them because of misappropriation and siphoning by African leaders.

He to this end implored the government to imbibe strict monitoring mechanism in spending such monies in order to regain the trust of these funders.

The chief of Vuti and Anglo, Torgbui Kpemini Gawu V, who was devastated by the extent of damage by last week’s tidal waves is calling for an immediate pragmatic solution or the entire Anglo is wiped off in the next couple of years. He however ruled out relocation as the solution since the inhabitants are predominantly fisher folks and farmers.

The CIMAG team visited affected communities in the Anglo District as well as Keta and Ketu South Municipalities to assess the degree of destruction and lend assistance to the victims.

By: Ghanaianvoiceonline.com

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