On Behalf Of Criminals & Encroachers
In what could best be described as shocking, the Executives of National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Tema, are calling on President John Mahama to dismiss the Managing Director (MD) of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC), over the demolishing of houses at Adjei Kojo, near Ashiaman.
Apart from heavy encroachment on state-owned lands, part of the area, had been a den of criminals and land guards, who terrorise legitimate landowners, forcing the State Security apparatus to embark on a demolishing exercise, which also led to the arrest of some foreign nationals, with huge cannon balls, used in the manufacture of ammunition for locally manufactured pistols.
Last Tuesday, bulldozers, escorted by heavily armed military and police personnel, razed down about 150 houses at Sraha and King Solomon City suburbs.
This didn’t happen without fierce opposition from local chiefs, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West, Irene Naa Torshie Addo and some residents including, well-known land guards numbering over 50 with AK47 assault rifles, and led by one Solomon. They also burnt lorry tires in protest against the demolishing.
The TDC accused the home owners of encroaching on its lands.
The demolishing squad, was met by the land guards with force, injuring a member of the joint security taskforce in the process. He had to be rushed to hospital immediately for surgery.
But in a statement signed by Richard Fiadomor, Coordinating Secretary of the Tema Coordinating Committee, he questioned why the TDC allowed the residents to put up their buildings fully before demolishing them.
He said: “As a party, we have restrained ourselves in questioning the ineptitude of the Managing Director of TDC (Joseph Abbey) and today we are saying enough and the president should sack him without delay.”
He added: “We as a party cannot sit aloof for such an exercise which had the potential to generate a massive backlash for government to go without comment. The party is very much disappointed in the TDC for this exercise carried out without any human face.” The Tema Coordinating Committee is an amalgamation of NDC executives in the Tema East and West Constituencies.
Hundreds of residents, who had obviously encroached on the TDC land, were left homeless as a result of the demolition exercise.
A pregnant woman, who gave her name as Naa told Joy News last Thursday afternoon that “we have lost everything, all the money that I have, we used it here; we have nowhere to sleep with the children.”
Another affected resident also told the media, “We beg the NADMO people to come and help us to get somewhere to sleep, because where we are sleeping the mosquitoes are biting us; we are suffering; since yesterday I have not eaten. It’s only water I have been drinking.”
A 10 year-old class 4 pupil told the story of how he had been unable to go to school, because his mother’s house was collapsed on his school uniform, bag and other items last Wednesday.
When asked why he was home on Thursday afternoon, he responded; “we are in the room, and they said they are coming to break our house, and they said we should pack all our things, and we forget, and we leave our dress, our money and our bags in the room and they break our room.”
Some residents were seen bathing and cooking in the open.
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), has since pitched camp at the demolished areas to register residents.
Head of Relief of the Tema NADMO office, Stephen Ocansey says, relief items would only be made available after the registration exercise has been completed.
MP for the Area, Naa Toshie Addo, and former Minister for Local Government, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, have visited the residents and donated relief items including, food and bed nets.