Demolition of Sodom, Gomorrah continues

•   An excavator demolishing a building at Old Fadama yesterday.

• An excavator demolishing a building at Old Fadama yesterday.

The demolition of structures at Sodom and Gomorrah (also called Old Fadama) in Accra, continued yester-day, regardless of the protest by residents against the exercise on Monday.

As usual, there was heavy security presence to maintain law and order as the task force from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), undertook the exercise.

Yesterday’s exercise was carried out smoothly without any protestations from the residents.

When the Times visited the area, heavy-duty equipment were seen demolishing the structures within 100 metres from the Odaw river.

The exercise was meant to create a space for the excavators and other machinery to dredge the Odaw river to prevent the perennial flooding of the city.

Displaced residents, highly dejected, were seen packing their personal belongings from the wreckage.

Others have also engaged the services of transport owners to convey their belongings to safety.

Some people who spoke to the Times, said even though they were living in an unauthorised area, they expected the city authorities to apply a human face to the demolition exercise by dealing with them leniently.

They also appealed to the government to provide them with shelter to protect them from the rains.

Others expressed their desire to return to their hometowns.

The displaced residents on Monday, went rioting, destroying public property and creating a lot of inconvenience for motorists, due to traffic jams as a result of some road blocks.

They called for an end to the demolition, and urged the government to relocate them.

They further demanded for compensation to help defray some of their debts incurred.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme    

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