Large-scale sand winning and export is going on at Ametsikope, a village along the Denu-Dzodze road in the Ketu South District of the Volta Region. Ametsikope is not far from the Kpoglo Customs Barrier.
The illegal activity is reported to have been going on for years. According to some citizens of the area, the sand is extracted and exported to Togo through the Segbe border – one of the entry points along the Ghana-Togo Boundary.
Over the years, the community members have looked on, not knowing who to report to, because they wonder how the tipper trucks cross to neighbouring Togo in the full glare of officials guarding the route.