They noted that due to the heavy trucks that use the road it vibrates their buildings causing structural cracks on the buildings including the school building. The mining of the sand is close to the Kakum river which according to the residents it is illegal to mine closer to the river bank. They appealed to the contractor to create a different access to his site and to follow the guidelines of sand winning.
The vicious cycle of poverty and hunger would continue to thrive among the residents in the community, should illegal sand winning remain unchecked. Already, farmers have myriads of mishaps to battle with. There are natural, socio-economic, cultural, religious and even political factors militating against farmers’ production fortunes.
A recent expedition to parts of the Cape Coast North has given me an opportunity to fully appreciate some negative effects of sand winning.
Lands are perpetually damaged and rendered unproductive. Aside destroying crops and lands, sand winning activities also pose some threats to human health. Moving trucks emit excessive noise and dust, causing pollution, and gullies created at these sites close to homes become breeding grounds for mosquitoes during rainy seasons.