Assembly conducts demolition exercise

A Caterpillar machine demolishion some structuresThe Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA), yesterday cracked down on some residents of Teshie by demolishing their buildings, shops and restaurants, sited in unauthorised places around the LEKMA Hospital.

At the time of going to press, more than 300 residents had been rendered homeless in the exercise, which was undertaken by the LEKMA, in collaboration with the police. About 36 buildings were affected.

Also pulled down were school buildings, churches and mechanics’ shops.

Women, children and adults were spotted wandering about, searching for places to pass the night.

Some of the shop owners wept while counting their losses, and thinking about where to start it all over again.

“I have lost everything including my sewing machines, because I heard of it late, and by the time I got here, my shop was destroyed,” Nana Ama, a shopowner, lamented.

The victims invoked curses on the task force members.

Although some of the victims confessed that they were served notices, others claimed the assembly was selective in dealing with them.

Prior to the demolition, the assembly had served notices to people occupying the sites illegally, and had been compensated, but the advice was ignored.

Officials of LEKMA told The Ghanaian Times that the assembly had, for the past 10 years, warned the people to vacate the place because it was demarcated for expansion work.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that the demolition was to pave way for the ongoing road expansion linking Tema, Manet, Spintex Road, LEKMA Hospital and Teshie township.

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