The quick intervention by the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Captain (Rtd) Anthony Cudjoe saved what would have been a bloody clash between some members and members of other fishing groups at the Sekondi Landing Beach on Tuesday.
This was when the fishermen gathered at the Fishermen Resting shed to listen to a report on their operational accounts by the seven-member Sekondi Landing Beach Committee in charge of premix sales to the fishermen since 2009.
After Mr. Kofi Pieterson, secretary to the committee had read the accounts to the gathering, he invited comments or questions from the fishermen.
At this stage, a group claiming to be members of the canoe owners association argued that they owned the canoes on which the premix fuel are used, therefore some of the proceeds realized from the operations of the committee should be shared among them.
This led to agitations that resulted hot exchange of words and a near fight among the fishermen in the presence of the MCE.
Sensing danger Cpt. Cudjoe quickly seized the statement of account from Mr. Pieterson.
The MCE then asked anybody who wanted to know the details of the accounts to come to his office.
Capt. Cudjoe made it clear to all the fishermen that the landing beach committee idea was brought about by President John Evans Atta Mills government, to ensure that monies generated from the sale of premix fuel are used to develop the fishing communities and not by only one person.
Capt. Cudjoe emphasized that “revenues from the operation of the committee are not for canoe owners but for the benefit of the entire fishermen, adding that the monies are not meant for individuals but “to provide basic developmental needs of the fishing community”.
In an interview later with the press, Mr. Knox Tawiah, Executive Secretary of the Western Region Co-operative fishermen service centres and a member of the Sekondi Landing Beach Committee said the committee had constructed a big fishermen resting shed at the Sekondi Beach at a cost of about GH¢23,000.
He said the committee was also putting up six bathrooms and six urinal passages for the fishermen explaining that blocks, graves, sand and other building materials had already been procured for the projects.
Furthermore, Mr. Tawiah said the committee had also decided to construct a short access road to the beach.