Parliament has summoned the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, to brief the house on the renewed clashes at Sege in the Greater Accra Region, over salt mining rights in the Ada Songor lagoon.
One resident was shot dead and several others were injured in the violent clash on Monday, between residents of the area and a taskforce of Electrochem Ghana Ltd, a salt mining firm operating on a concession.
The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, directed the Interior Minister to appear before the House, following a statement by the Member of Parliament for the area, to condemn the incident and call for investigations.
The Interior Minister was directed to appear before the House in the first week of December to provide an update on the matter.
“I will direct the Minister for the Interior to brief the house about the incident, how the violence came to be perpetrated, and who shot into the crowd, whether it was the police, the security, or the private company.”
“After that briefing, if the Committee of Defence and Interior needs to investigate further, we will provide the appropriate direction,” Mr Osei Owusu stated.
While the company maintains that it is protecting its mining rights on its 41,000 acre concession, the aggrieved residents insist they are fighting for their livelihood.
According to reports, the members of the taskforce, who the residents described as landguards, stormed Toflokpo, one of the salt mining communities at Sege, and attacked the residents, warning them against entering the concession.
As a result, the residents of Toflokpo, also massed up and retaliated, resulting in the gunshots and injuries.