There is reliable information that canoes are being used to transport Ghanaian returnees from Liberia.
These canoes, which are not sea worthy, have been overloading the Ghanaian returnees to berth at coastal communities in the Western region.
A returnee, Efua Mensiwa told the GNA in an interview that she returned to Ghana on July 27, on board a canoe that carried 150 people instead of the stipulated 30.
She said the canoe berthed at “Kese Wo Kan” near Abuesi in the Shama District with returnees comprising children and adults.
The canoe, according to Efua, was overloaded with household items apart from the passengers; a situation she said made it dangerous to sail on the high seas.
“It was by the grace of God that we survived the sea, otherwise the canoe would have capsized,” she noted.
Efua Mensiwa said she and the others who were on board the canoe were returning from Liberia since the country was preparing to hold its general elections. She said the heated political climate in the country terrified them a lot that they decided to return early to Ghana to avoid being trapped should the situation worsen.
Efua said more Ghanaians were returning from Liberia with canoes because it was expensive to travel with vehicles.
Most of the canoes, she said, berthed at coastal communities such as Komenda, Aboadze, Abuesi, Shama, and Axim.
When the GNA contacted the Western Regional National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) Coordinator, Mr Japheth Baidoo, he stated that his outfit had not received any report about the Ghanaians returning from Liberia.
He however promised to investigate the situation and assist those who had returned as well as seek ways to curtail any sea disaster.
Source: Ghana News Agency
Category: Ghanaians Abroad