CHIEFS OF the Ga Traditional Council and Assembly Members of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) have expressed satisfaction at the on-going demolition exercise in the metropolis led by Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije and urged him to clear all illegal slums.
The chiefs and assembly members, who visited the demolished Mensah-Guinea in Accra to ascertain the extent of demolishing, said the slum was an illegal settlement with high criminal activities, cholera cases as well as high incidence of prostitution among others.
Some of the chiefs who visited the site included Nii Dodoo Nsaki I, acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Kinkan Dowuona II from Osu Traditional Council and Nii Kotia from Ngleshie Traditional Council, as well as Oberempong Nii Kojo Ababio II, who represented the James Town Chief.
Mr. Vanderpuije has, however, not escaped the wrath of some citizens who felt he was inhuman in carrying out the exercise.
But, the Assembly members who visited the area, in a statement read on their behalf by their spokesperson, Isaac Bright Assah, stated that the AMA has a very cordial relationship with the media, and will not do anything to destroy that relationship.
Mr. Assah noted that they have given their full support to the AMA boss to execute his duties in accordance with Act 426.
He said “since the City of Accra attained a millennium city status, we the city authorities have ensured that any activity that is inimical to the development of our capital city would not be tolerated.”
The Assemblyman further added that, Mr. Vanderpuije has over the years discharged his duties with human face noting that “the developmental agenda of the AMA should not be trivialized and politicized. Again, the operations of the AMA require honest and sincere support of all stakeholders to develop Accra.”
The Chief of the Osu, Nii Kinkan Dowuona II, said the demolition exercise was in the right direction and will support any of such moves by the Accra Mayor and the AMA to ensure total development in Accra.
“We support this action and hope other areas earmarked for demolition will soon go down. What we want is development, good health and if the activities of these slums are causing deaths and other problems to us, then we have to put our feet on the ground and take certain actions,” he said.
Source: Daily Heritage
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