Grand Bassa, Fanti Fishermen
Bassa Admin Seeks To Relocate Fanti Fishermen
By Bob Johnson Liway, Grand Bassa County Correspondent
BUCHANAN, Feb.24 (LINA) – Grand Bassa County administration wants fishermen of Fanti Town relocated to give way for continuation of the Coastal Defense Project on the coastline of Buchanan City.
Speaking Saturday at a mass meeting of Fanti fishermen at the Pentecostal Church in Small Fanti Town, Deputy Fanti Governor Momo Kiahun said they have been instructed to leave the area to give way to the3 fight against sea erosion.
He later told the Liberia News Agency that some of their homes were broken down in the process, and that the county authorities have refused to compensate the affected fishermen.
Kiahun said if the necessary mechanisms are put in place for their relocation, they will be left with no alternative but to leave.
When contacted via telephone, the County Information Officer for Grand Bassa, Eddie Williams told LINA that the issue of relocation started during the Julia Duncan Cassell administration as Superintendent of Grand Bassa County.
Williams said that the county under Madam Etweda Cooper used its meager resources to clear a large portion of land in Bardehwleh Town in Upper Harlandsville for Fanti Fishermen to relocate, but that they refused to do so.
He said two years ago, the Ghanaian Ambassador accredited to Liberia came to Buchanan and prevailed on the Fanti fishermen to leave, but that all efforts to have them relocated have fallen on deaf ears.
Fanti town has a population of over 3,000 inhabitants.