By Mark Gray (Sinoe County Correspondent)
Residents of Greenville’s commercial community Down Town are calling on the government to have them relocated as the community is gradually being washed away by sea erosion.
According to residents, they don’t feel safe living under the threat of sea erosion, stating that their lives are in serious danger.
Warren Cooper, Chairman of the Community stated that the community is under major threats and needs the government’s intervention as soon as possible. According to him, for the past six years, sea erosion has taken away hundreds of houses in the community and displacing thousands of residents.
“We are actually under a major threat from the way the sea continues to wash away our houses, my fear is, god forbid waking up one day and seeing there is no downtown again. We have been crying on the government to find a place for us to relocate but they still continue to pay deaf ears to us, maybe they want for the worst to happen which we don’t pray for,” Mr. Cooper said.
Mr.Cooper added that with the prevailing situation on hand, the local government has reportedly given permission to a sand mining company that is currently mining sand in Greenville along the coast, something he said is adding insult to injury and posing the lives of residents of Greenville at stake.
A prominent resident of the community Madam Mary Achimpong said she was forced to stay with her relatives after her house was taken away by sea erosion. She added that Representative Crayton Duncan tried bringing in rocks two years ago but it was not enough. She then pleaded with the local authority and national government to quickly come to their aid.
Down Town is Greenville commercial community that hosts of a majority of businesses operated in Greenville, half of the community have been washed away by the sea, also damaging two major streets in the city, Mississippi and Water Streets.
The community first experience sea erosion in 2012 with reoccurrences in 2014, 2016, and 2017.