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Fisherfolks of Dennery are complaining that they ply their trade under much discomfort and are now making a clarion call to the relevant authority to do something to relieve them of their plight.
But while they are complaining bitterly about their plight, some residents and a stakeholder of the Dennery Fishing Port are accusing them of contributing to their own discomfort.
According to Michael Williams, a fisherman in the community, their problems include the constant cut in water supply at the Dennery Fishing Port and the stench that emanates from the remains of fish cleaned by the boat and fish handlers, commonly called “Boat Boys”, which they are forced to endure.
“People are complaining about the state of the area. They say they don’t like to see its condition…,” Williams said.
He added that they (fisherfolks) are being blamed for the untidiness of the fishing port when they are not the ones responsible for it.
The water bills of the port are paid by the Dennery Constituency Council which is also responsible for cleaning the stalls there.
Investigations by this reporter have revealed that the water had been cut over the years because of unpaid exorbitant water bills.
Commenting on the water situation at the port, a source at the Dennery Constituency Council said the fisherfolks constantly waste water there.
“They (fisherfolks) wash vehicles and bath at the port. This is not allowed…” the source told this reporter.
The water supply which was cut for close to three weeks was recently restored at the port.
As it relates to the untidiness of the port, especially where the stalls are located, the source said that workers of the Council work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., so as a result are not around to clean the area whenever boats come in late.
“Instead of the Boat Boys cleaning the area which they have made untidy with their fish guts….they leave it the same way for the Council’s workers to clean it the following day,” the source lamented.