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Monthly Archives: October 2014

No Compensation for Lost Land

Many farmers have lost their lands due to the construction of a big gas pipeline in Ellembelle District. Most of them still have not received any compensation from Ghana Gas. Antony Nyame draws an invisible line with his finger, as he points out, where his land used to be. He clearly remembers the day, when […]

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Wish for Change in Jomoro District

Representatives from the two communities, Egbazo and Ahobre Kakraba, had a lot of things they wanted to get on the agenda in the new Medium Term Development Plan for the district. Everyone stood up when the two chiefs made their entry at the community centre in Egbazo. The spokesperson addressed the visitors with great respect. […]

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We are not doing this for the Assembly Members

The members of the Assembly were clearly disappointed that only 150 people had shown up for the big town hall meeting in Takoradi. Besides the poor attendance a lot of issues were brought up for discussion. The attendance was poor when the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly had called all its citizens in for a town hall […]

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Youth Unemployment Destroys Community

In Apataim there are no jobs for the youth when they have finished their education. This means that a most of the young population are unemployed, while some are forced to leave the community in search for a job elsewhere. »ADYA!« shouts Erskine Benyanzor while he stands up to address his fellow community members. The […]

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A Livelihood Training Centre is Needed

The community members of Asemdasouzo agreed that something had to be done if the community should follow up with the commercialization that the oil and gas companies had brought to the area. More than twenty members of the Asemdasouzo community, in Ellembelle district, showed up on the 11th of September when UCSOND had called them […]

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Common Funds Goes to Waste

Huge amounts of waste is building up in Ahanta West District. The reason is the delay in funding from the Central Government to Zoomlion, which means that Zoomlion cannot pay their workers, and that the Assembly is using a lot of their common funds to pay for the disposal of waste. A young woman climbs […]

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A Better Future

In villages of the western part of Ghana, the former profitable fishing is now making the fishermen and their families suffer. It is not easy to make sufficient income when the Jubilee oilrig, climate changes and pollution are decreasing the number of fish in the ocean. These conditions which are occurring over all the coastal […]

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Community Meeting in Tiboko 2

The speakers on top of a green shag is letting everybody know, that representatives from UCSOND are in town and that the people of the village should come to the Community Center immediately. UCSOND is visiting the community of Tikobo 2 to work out an action plan for the community and to find out what […]

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When There Is No Way Out

The conditions of the roads in Ellembelle district is a huge problem, but when the community members try to speak up to Ghana Gas, they only receive false promises and quick unsustainable stich-ups The sky is grey above us and the soil we are standing on is wet. It is supposed to be a road, […]

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Uniting and Equipping Civic Groups For Good Governance

The coalition of platforms is the highest decision making body of UCSOND. It consists mostly of seven executive members of each of the six civic unions of the six coastal districts namely: Jomoro, Ellembelle, Nzema East, Ahanta West, STM and Shama. Major decisions of the organisation are taken at such meetings. On the 14th and […]

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