Fishermen at Axim in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region demand that officers of the Marine Police be stationed in Axim town-ship to allow them carry out their policing duties meaningfully. The group tells Skyy News the mariners have been lodged at Aiyinase, a forest zone in the Western Region, and that scarcely carry operations as mandated on the sea. According to them, it makes no logic to have these officers stationed in the forest when their services is needed at the sea.
A deputy Chief Fisherman, Joseph Tetteh in an interview with Skyy News lamented their absence is clearly evident of government irresponsiveness to curbing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the country.
“What we need is adequate personnel from Marine police at our sea, but these Marine police that have been trained for us are now guarding bushes in Aiyinase”, he fired.
Mr Tetteh argued the situation is different in other parts of the West African Coast.
“There’s no law in Ghana as compared to that of Abidjan. They do not respect fishermen, we don’t have protection from the police. We can easily be beaten. There’s full security in Abidjan that is why their laws are very effective”, he defended.
Story: Ivy Donkor/Jeanelle Jones/Emmanuella Arthur