Tema Mayor gives new twist to death of fishermen at sea

Tema’s Mayor, Yohane Armah Ashitey, has acknowledged that there were breaches of protocol in the engagements that led to the unfortunate death of two fishermen.

During an interview on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem, Nii Ashitey expressed that it is premature to assign blame, especially when lives have been lost.

“Normally when something of this sort happens, you should know there was a breach. There was a protocol of engagement but they were not followed properly because I heard a letter was written but when and what time was it written and submitted? We must be able to establish the timelines.

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“It’s the closed season and five working days before the event, there should have been a formal notification and I have picked information that the letter was written on the day of the event but GPHA is also saying they didn’t also see it so did the letter actually go or not?” he detailed.

He emphasized that a proper understanding of the situation would only come after the committee completes its investigation and presents its findings.

“We have spoken to the captain of the boat, GPHA, navy but the accounts are different but the Police CID, NIB and other security forces are all part of the committee so we will wait for them to establish the facts of the case so I don’t want to say anything that may be contrary to the final report,” he stated.

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Last Thursday, around 1:30 a.m, a tragic incident occurred when a patrol boat from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) reportedly collided with a canoe carrying about 12 fishermen, mostly from Tema Manhean (Newtown), who were on a ritual Homowo fishing expedition at the Tema Port anchorage. The collision caused the canoe to capsize, resulting in the death of two fishermen. However, the GPHA has refuted these allegations.

This incident has stirred anger and outrage among the fishing community, who demand accountability from the GPHA for the tragedy.

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