An eight-foot fence wall that was erected by some estate developers and land guards around two teachers’ bungalows of the Achimota School has been pulled down.
This follows The Ghanaian Times exposure last Friday, that some private developers had started erecting fence wall around teachers’ bungalows for a possible take over of the land from the school.
The developers had, within the past few weeks, intensified encroachment on Achimota School land, threatening teachers occupying the school’s bungalows to evacuate or face eviction.
They issued a two-week ultimatum a fortnight ago to the occupants in some of the teachers’ bungalows to leave before they began the demolition.
However, last Saturday, the fence wall was razed to the ground by an excavator under the supervision of some security personnel from the Ghana Police Service.
When contacted, the school authority said it was oblivious of the demolition and declined to comment on it as the matter was pending before court.
The Deputy Public Relation Officer of the Ghana Education Service, (GES) Mr. Pius Attise said the GES was dissatisfied with the activities of the encroachers and had therefore, referred the matter to its legal department to deal with it in court.
He said it was unfortunate that such incident was happening which he believed could affect teaching and learning in the school.
“When incidents of such nature happen, it puts the lives of teachers and students under threat therefore, the GES is assisting the school authority to bring sanity in the school,” he said.
Dispute over Achimota School land began decades ago with private developers showing keen interest in the land that formed the western compound of the school.
A visit by The Ghanaian Times to the western compound, showed huge mansions built around the Achimota Basic School, the teachers’ bungalows and over 40 acres of the school’s land.
Some of the plots reserved for research and agricultural purposes, have also been taken over, leaving little space for teachers and students to use for practical lessons.
A source close to the school authority, told The Ghanaian Times that the issue began many years ago and had now resulted into a land litigation which was pending before the superior courts with the developers and some individuals suing the school for trying to evict them from the land.
The source said a court injunction had been placed on the school’s headmistress, Mrs. Beatrice Tsotso Adom, restraining her from entering the area where the developers were putting up several mansions.
According to the source, even though similar injunction had been placed on the encroachers, they had continued with their activities, with the recent one being a plan to take over the teachers’ bungalows.
When The Ghanaian Times contacted the headmistress, she declined to comment on the issue because the case was pending before court.
By Charles Amankwa