Former Gamba All Blacks player, Nii Commey, has appealed to the government for financial assistance after his beach resort, valued at GH¢600,000, was destroyed by sea erosion at Dansoman Beach. The erosion caused significant damage to his property, prompting him to seek support from the government to help recover from the losses incurred.
Commey, who has fallen victim to the effects of coastal erosion attributed to climate change, revealed to GhanaWeb TV that he invested over GH¢600,000 in an effort to mitigate the situation and safeguard his resort. However, despite his efforts, the damage was significant, prompting him to seek support from the government.
“I spent a lot (and) it’s a resort, so the government is supposed to help me. Because this is the Dansoman beach, the whole of West Africa’s biggest beach…On any occasion, I pull a crowd but it is not attractive as before. When people come, they don’t have a place to sit and enjoy. When they enter, they are just coming to bath.
“I have spent GHS600,000 on this resort. It even exceeds that amount. I bought stones. I brought excavators, and pill loaders, I have bought lots of things, I brought lots of machine to help salvage the situation. I have videos there,” Nii Commey lamented.
Nii Commey, currently engaged in business endeavors, had a notable football career playing for All Blacks and Mighty Jets in Ghana before embarking on a stint in Russia.
The coastal communities of Ghana are facing the detrimental impacts of sea level rise, an ongoing global phenomenon closely associated with climate change.
These adverse effects include amplified coastal erosion, leading to the displacement of communities, destruction of property, and loss of livelihoods for numerous individuals.
Specifically, residents in the Panbros, Glefe, and Gbegbeyise communities along the Dansoman Coastline are among those grappling with the severe consequences of sea erosion induced by climate change.