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Levy all exploration and drilling companies in Ghana immediately to acquire a research vessel- ASEPA

Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Executive Director Mensah Thompson has charged government to levy all exploration and drilling companies in Ghana immediately to acquire a research vessel.

He made this assertions in a Facebook post reacting to the priminary report from the Department of Marine and Fisheries Science of University of Ghana on the dead fishes that scattered our coast recently. Researchers at the University of Ghana have concluded that there was heavy chemical Oxygen demand in the water, almost out rivaled the supply of oxygen in the sea thereby making habitation extremely difficult for sea organisms that depends heavily on dissolved oxygen for survival, the end results is what we all saw; dead fishes scattered across the beaches.

However, they do not have the data to explain what might caused this deadly demand in chemical oxygen in the water, nor do they have any monitoring facility or program that could have recorded such data for their analysis. They also admitted that the nation do not have a research vessel responsible for aquatic research at all.

According to Mensah Thompson, Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities in our territorial waters in the mid 2000. By 2010 we started exploration and drilling in commercial quantities, and just like mining which poses dire environmental factors to our lands.

The sea being an essential part of our ecosystem and providing not just food but jobs to our people, one would thought that our leaders would have been more concerned about life in the sea in the course of the drilling life of our country but no!

Our leaders have rather been pre- occupied with how to share the booty from the oil among themselves rather than taking ecological sustainable decisions on our behalf. It tells you how short sighted and environmentally unconscious our leaders are.

As responsible Civil society organisations (CSOs) has charged the government to as soon as possible levy all drilling and exploration companies in Ghana to acquire this vessel immediately.

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