Accra Mayor says: Demolition will continue… Despite residents protest



The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) says it will continue to demolish structures at the Sodom and Gomorrah despite protests from displaced residents.

Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, said the demolition exercise would continue in the coming days and, therefore, advised the squatters to vacate the area.

He was speaking to The Ghanaian Times in reaction to demands by the residents for an end to the demolition exercise.

He debunked reports that the assembly did not give the residents prior notice, saying the AMA met the leadership of the community in January, to inform them about the exercise.

Mr. Vanderpuije said the announcement was intensified in the past months, urging them to leave the area prior to the demolition exercise, which they disregarded.

Residents of slum, displaced as a result of a demolition exercise by the AMA on Saturday, stormed Parliament yesterday to present a petition unaware that the House does not sit on Mondays.

Briefing a section of the media during the demonstration, the leader of the demonstrators, Abdallah Alhassan, called for an end to the exercise.

He urged the government to provide emergency structures to shelter the displaced people, mostly women and children.

He also asked the government to compensate victims who lost their property during the demolition exercise.

The AMA task force, with assistance from the Police and Military, on Saturday demolished parts of Sodom and Gomorrah in Accra, and rendered many residents homeless.

When The Ghanaian Times visited the area on Sunday afternoon, a number of people were seen still picking their belongings from the rubble.

By Edem Mensah –Tsotorme

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