A new fuel station belonging to a Member of Parliament and sited in a waterway, was demolished yesterday by the Ga West Municipal Assembly at Achimota Mile ‘7’, in Accra.
An excavator was at the site as early as 7 a.m., to undertake the demolition of the filling station owned by Mahama Naser Toure, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso East.
The exercise, led by the Municipal Chief Executive of Ga West, Samuel Atuquaye Quaye was aimed at desilting a drain to allow free flow of water in the area.
When The Ghanaian Times got to the scene, there was heavy police presence to maintain law and order.
There was a huge crowd watching the exercise, while some people tried to resist the demolition.
Mr. Quaye, in an interview with journalists, disclosed that, as a result of last Wednesday’s floods which claimed over 150 lives, a directive was given to Assemblies to demolish all structures in waterways.
He said the fuel station had to be demolished because it impeded the flow of water, and posed a threat residents whose houses were close to it.
The MCE said the management of the fuel filling station was not granted the necessary permit to put it up.
The Special Aide to the Ayawaso East MP, Mr. Osmanu Guarantee, in an interview, said they had initiated the process of acquiring the permit, adding that the fuel station had not yet been opened.
“We had to consult the Environmental Protection Agency, National Petroleum Authority and other agencies to acquire the permit,” he stated.
He said engineers had been sent to the site to inspect the facility.
Mr. Guarantee accused “the MCE of taking the law into his hands, since he had no court order to demolish the structure.”
The Minister of Environment, Mahama Ayariga, the Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Daniel Amlalo, and other officials who were on tour of fuel stations in the metropolis visited the area.
Mr. Ayariga said all buildings sited in waterways would be demolished to ensure free flow of water, and indicated the readiness of his outfit to invite owners of such structures for dialogue.
The Minister lamented that people requested for permits for fuel stations, only to add restaurants and khebab joints which used Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), and endangered the lives of the public.
He warned that those without permits, would not be allowed to operate.
“If they have been refused permits and they are still operating they would be served with cessation letters after which equipment would be send there to demolish their structures and they would pay for the cost of the of the exercise.” he stressed.
Mr. Ayariga said his outfit would engage the Town and Country Planning in a meeting to review the drainage plan of the metropolis.
By Anita Nyarko