Scores rendered homeless as AMA demolishes structures at Odaw

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Scores of squatters have been rendered homeless after the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) demolished over 50 illegal structures near the Odaw drain, Wednesday.

Speaking to Joy News, one resident said at 12:30 pm they saw AMA officials come to their structures and pulled them down.

According to him, when they saw their structures being pulled down, they tried to explain to the task force to give them some days to take their valuables to safety but this was ignored.

He described the incident as something “very shameful for this government”, adding for a Ghanaian to sleep on the street, it indicates that the person is facing some challenges in life.

Another resident explained that normal practice requires that before such an exercise is carried out will be to notify residents and traders before demolishing their structures but said the Assembly failed to do this.

He called on the government to cease the demolition exercise so that traders and residents will be properly be informed.

The Head of the AMA Taskforce, Chief Okine said the structures were pulled down because they were affecting the dredging of the Odaw drain.

According to him, contractors working on the drain have gotten to the point of completion but the continued presence of the structures has halted its progress.

He refuted the claim that the Assembly did not notify residents adding everyone involved was notify on Friday, April 8.

 

Source: myjoyonline

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