The fishermen associations in the the western region are fiercely protesting the signing of an agreement reached by GNPC and MEDEA DEVELOPMENT LTD to undertake a Seismic survey on the east cape three point (ECTP) sub-basin in Offshore Ghana.
The meeting which took place at the Sekondi fishing Harbour between official of GNPC, MEDEA and the fishermen ended without the fishermen signing the agreement which was agreed and signed by GNPC and MEDEA about 7 months ago.
The seismic vessel will tow 6 streamers each 8 km long with 100 m separation and will be escorted by 2 guard boats. Speaking to Joseph Eshun, the secretary to the Sekondi Canon Owners Association, he noted that the 70 days seismic survey is greatly going to affect their work knowing to well the month of August is a bumper harvest for fishermen in the western region of Ghana.
According to him, they were not consulted in the process before signing the agreement. “now GNPC want us to sign documents we know nothing about, no way it’s not possible. Until GNPC deems it fit to listen to our side and consider how best to go about this Seismic survey, we the fishermen in Ghana are going to protest this fiercely”.
Adding that, I fishermen in the western region will resist any arrangements so far as the booming oil and gas industry in Ghana is concern that careless of their welfare.
Source: Patrick Ennimil Arthur
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