AMA demolishes structures near Sahara

Some of the structures being demolished by the AMA officials

Some of the structures being demolished by the AMA officials

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) yesterday continued with its demolition exercise to get rid of structures in water ways to prevent the reoccurrence of floods in the metropolis.

The exercise this time, took place at the Odawna-garages where some unauthorized structures were pulled down by a task force with the heavy presence of police and the military.

When The Ghanaian Times visited the area, some of the residents had already packed out from the unauthorized structures, since they had already been notified about the relocation.

At the site, residents who refused to heed to the warning by the AMA, were seen picking their belongings from the rubble.

Scrap dealers in the area took advantage of the situation to search through the debris for metals and other items they considered valuable.

Some of the residents told The Ghanaian Times that though they were given prior notice, they did not expect it to be soon and, therefore, did not take it serious.

“We only saw them marking some of the structures they intended to pull down but no one spoke to us about the date of the intended exercise,” one man who preferred to be anonymous said.

It was observed at the demolition site that public toilets left untouched because according to the people if they had pulled them down they would be compelled to use the Odaw river as a place of convenience.

Some of the residents vowed not to vote in the 2016 elections due to the demolition exercise.

By Jennifer Apprey & Baaba Crentsil 

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