The Volta River Authority (VRA) has been urged to rise up to its responsibility to secure the banks of the Volta Lake against encroachment by reckless rich land developers.
The youth of Ada in the Ada East District, in a call said developers are taking over the banks in chains, compound to compound on end, denying others access to the lake.
Mr. William Dosoo, a farmer and a youth leader in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Big-Ada, said the indigenes are now forced to make long walks to access the river for water far from their homes.
He said even the demarcation stones erected by VRA on the banks, showing how close a developer could go were being ignored with impunity.
Mr. Dosoo called for decency in land use in the area, so as to make development socio-economically beneficial to all.
He appealed to the traditional authorities and land owners to reconsider the sale of lands close to the river.
“The banks are being sealed off to fishermen and for irrigation by farmers, and this is another recipe for endemic poverty and that related state institutions have to live up to their roles”, Mr. Dosoo said.
He called on the Ghana Health Services to check and prevent developers from releasing their sewerage and other wastes into the lake.
Mr. Dosoo said many residents still rely on the lake for varied purposes and diseases could break out if sewerages are not well managed.
He further advised VRA to engage chiefs, and other stakeholders over the issue.