With Law Suit & Demo To Preserve Their 19.06 Acres Research Land
By Alfred K. Dogbey
The officials of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), have broken their long silence over fictitious attempt by some stomach politicians to clandestinely takeover their research lands for their selfish interest, chasing them including, the Ga-West Municipal Assembly and Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), with law suits and demonstrations to stay off their lands.
The Herald, can report that, even before claims of government’s deliberation to use the research land for the relocation of displaced “Sodom and Gomorrah” residents, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ga-West, Sam Atukwei Quaye, had already taken a staggering 19.06 acres of the land and given it to a private developer.
The Ga-West Assembly, according to a letter available to The Herald and signed by the MCE, the vital land, will be used for the construction of “filling station, trotro and taxi terminal, a depot, stores and other auxiliary facilities”, under the pretence of Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project by the government of Ghana.
This filthy deal by the Assembly, which is not known to the public, was done secretly through the collusion with Lands Commission officials, without the knowledge of CSIR officials and government, even though there is a court injunction on the land, since 2010.
The vital land, located at Amasaman near Pokuase in the Ga-West Municipality of Greater-Accra region, is the only land being used by the CSIR Animal Research Institute for any research work, involving livestock breeding in the whole country.
But the workers of the CSIR, led by its directors, who were not happy about the conscious attempts to destroy the activities of the CSIR, staged a massive demonstration led by Dr. Charles Domozoro to register their approval.
Prior to the demonstration last Friday, which lasted almost six hours, officials of the CSRI, served both the Ga-West Assembly and AMA copies of an injunction from the court restraining them from using any portion of the land for any purpose.
The CSIR workers, who were clad in red arm bands, red clothes, holding placards, and chanting very emotional songs, stated categorically, “The governments of Ghana and individuals or organizations are advised to stay away from the CSIR land now and ever”.
In a speech read during the demonstration, they explained, “It is noteworthy to state that the said land was given out to the CSIR-ARI purposely for research, and is currently being used for that purpose.. “The staff of CSIR is, therefore, strongly cautioning individuals, organizations, government or any organized groups to stay away from this land and will do anything to counteract any action(s) to encroach on the said land”.
The speech was signed by Collins Tay, the National President of CSIR Research Staff Association, Lord Ohemeng, CSIR Senior Staff Association and John H. Baffoe, National chairman – CSIR Local Unions.
Reading with high emotions, the National President said, “we wish to re-emphasize that the land in question is meant for research to develop and transfer technologies related to livestock poultry production in Ghana”.
Currently, he noted, “several hundreds of acres of land belonging to CSIR-ARI, have been encroached upon by and even though the CSIR, have secured a court demolition order, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get protection from the security agencies to execute the demolition exercise”.
He indicated that, “the workers of CSIR, have not given up on this, and will continue to pursue it until the security agencies provide the needed protection for the demolition exercise”.
On the issue of relocation of the displaced Old Fadama victims, the CSIR officials warned the city authorities “we the workers, will not hesitate to take drastic measures to prevent encroachers from taking over”.
Giving the details about the case, Mr. Tay said, “The intention to relocate the Old Fadama displaced victims was conceived some six years ago by government and the CSIR vehemently opposed it”.
He said, “The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA), made attempt to take over land belonging to CSIR at Pokuase/Amasaman to resettle traders from Old Fadama in 2009”.
“The CSIR took the AMA and GWMA to the High Court (Land Division) in December 2009. The High Court granted an injunction on February 1, 2010 to restrain the AMA and GWMA and their agents from interfering with the land”.
However, officials of CSIR explained, “the matter has not been finally settled and so the AMA and GWMA, are legally restrained from taking the CSIR land at Pokuase/Amasaman”.
They warned that, “the government of Ghana and individuals or organizations are advised to stay away from CSIR land now and ever”, insisting “We will oppose it today and any time in the future”.
They advised “we will be happy if government will shelve the idea now and never revisit it again to enable the cordial relationship that exist between government and he CSIR to continue and allow research to be employed for the development of our dear Country Ghana”.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Coordinator for Ga-West Assembly, Madam Felicia Dapaah, has made some shocking revelations on a tape recording available to The Herald that, the decision to grab the huge land was taken at Cabinet.
On the tape, which the paper will make public soon, she mentioned names of some top government officials including, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Fiifi Kwetey, the Member of Parliament (MP) of the area; Nii Laryea, and others of being aware of the deal.
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