The Ga Dangme Youth Association (GDYA) has urged the government to, as a matter of urgency, take steps to release the Accra Community Centre to the Ga Traditional Council.
The call comes after Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) failed to hand over the facility to the Council, despite a directive by the late President John Evans Atta Mills, and subsequent approval by the AMA General Assembly.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra, on Tuesday, Nii Akai Nettey, president of GDYA, said the Ga Traditional Council on September 28, 2010 received a letter from the AMA stating the decision to hand over the facility.
The letter, he said, also stated AMA’s commitment to repair and furnish the centre for social activities before handing it over.
“The AMA continues to use the facility and has failed to execute its promise of upgrading it, let alone hand it over to the Council.”
He said “this was a type of intransigence that creates unnecessary social turmoil and the impression that the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Accra Mr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije and the AMA had no respect for the chiefs and people of the Ga state”.
To foster good community relations, the group appealed to the MCE and other agencies to take steps to immediately comply with the resolution passed by the assembly to hand over the facility to the Council.
The association further expressed worries about the lack of extensive consultation with all stakeholders on the annexation of the beach front from Osu to Ga Mashie to the state.
The beach front, also known as Marine Drive, according to the group remains one of the heritage areas of the Ga history adding that government’s decision to take it compulsorily was unfortunate.
The group called on government to engage all identifiable Ga Dangme groupings including traditional leaders and the youth on their concerns for effective collaboration to promote development.
Commenting on the December polls, the association pledged to eschew all negative tendencies that would disrupt the peace and unity in the country and urged Ghanaians to assist in the promotion of peaceful elections.
By Claude Nyarko Adams