Several houses mostly made of wooden structures were on Thursday morning pulled down by the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly under the supervision of some police personnel.
The structures demolished included kiosks also made of wood.
The demolishing occurred at Aboabo Pelele, a crowded and slum-looking suburb where according to the municipal assembly, the residents were encroaching on the banks of the Aboabo stream.
The Aboabo stream
Besides the environmental concerns, the assembly said the area had become a safe haven that harbored many criminals who regularly attacked passersby in the area.
The residents were also accused of connecting electricity illegally whiles they lived without approval in that area.
TV3’s Ashanti Regional Correspondent, William Evans Nkum says the residents were unhappy about the development as they packed out their belongings amidst the demolishing carried out by the assembly’s taskforce.
He said over 30 structures were affected in the exercise.
The residents claimed they had not been notified to vacate the area, but the MCE, Alhaji Nurudeen Hamidan, told TV3 they were informed in January 2015, and were even given another three-days notice before the demolition.
MCE, Alhaji Nurudeen Hamidan says residents were informed in January.
The exercise follows deadly floods in the national capital Accra, that has claimed many lives, injured many and displaced others.
The MCE told Evans Nkum they are being proactive to prevent a possible flooding in the near future as the rains continue.
By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/3news.com/Ghana