An amount of GHS4million has been spent on removing tree stumps from the Volta Lake, Kwame Owusu, Director of the Ghana Maritime Authority, has revealed.
According to him, this forms part of the first phase of a project to help deal with accidents on the Volta Lake.
He told Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM on Friday, 1 June that: “We have spent GHS 4million on tree cutting on the Volta Lake. This is part of the first phase of a project to ensure that we deal with accidents on the lake.”
His comments follow a boat accident that claimed nine lives in Kete Krachie.
The accident happened on Wednesday, 30 May. The owner of the boat Akwasi Aweyeh, who also lost his daughter in the accident, has been arrested by the police to assist with investigations.
The victims were travelling to Sipom, an island, when the accident happened.
Mr Owusu told show host Forson that the authority is putting in place measures to procure vessels as part of efforts to boost rescue capacity.
“We are doing our work, we are negotiating with companies to see how we can work using drones to prevent accidents. Also rescue vessels are going to come in, about two of them so that we can use them during accidents.”