TDC Demolishes Houses At Adjei Kojo, MP Protests

TDC demolishing exerciseA demolition exercise by the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) in collaboration with the National Security nearly got nasty yesterday, as the Member of Parliament for Tema West Constituency; Mrs. Irene Naa Torshie Addo, engaged the security personnel who were there to maintain law and order in a heated argument.

According to her, it was unfair for the TDC Task Force to sit down and look on unconcerned as the residents put up their building with their savings only to show up later to pull them down.

The exercise by the TDC and National Security code-named “Operation Halt II is aimed at stopping illegal development of government lands under their jurisdiction which had led to the loss of over 740 acres of land to encroachers and illegal land owners.

Mrs. Addo under whose constituency the area falls said she was ready to challenge the demolition exercise and disclosed she would pursue the matter until the victims of the exercise received justice.

She promised to liaise with some colleague lawyers to pursue the matter in the law court, until what is in her opinion the right thing is done.

About 60 houses were pulled down by bulldozers, rendering thousands of people homeless,  amidst wailing from the affected persons.

The Member of Parliament said that instead of demolishing the houses, the TDC should have rather opened up for negotiation and called on all well meaning Ghanaians to get involved in the matter until the TDC was penalized for their actions.

A man who claimed to be a representative of the Chief of Sraha Mr. Humphrey Daniel Banini, said the residents had been seeing officials of the TDC in the vicinity for some time and anytime they confronted them they said they were not up to anything until they recently received information about the demolition.

He said the exercise had rendered most of them homeless and hopeless but the Chief has instructed residents to be calm as they think of the way forward. From Dzifa Emma Tetteh, Adjei Kojo.   

The exercise was undertaken on Tuesday and Wednesday with the affected houses believed to be either in water ways, on roads or being illegal structures.

Pictures of some demolished buildings and the member of Parliament for Tema West, Irene Naa Torshie Addo in the company of some residents.

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