LANMMA official hot over unsanctioned demolition of shops at Madina

An official of the Town Planning Department of the La-Nkwantanan Madina Municipal Assembly (LANMMA) has embarked on a demolition spree on supposed government reserved lands within the La-Nkwantanan Madina Municipal Assembly with the excuse that the demolition exercise has been duly sanctioned by the Assembly.

This is in view of the fact that Government is yet to appoint a new Municipal Chief Executive the municipality. The excercise has so far seen the demolition of several hundreds of Stores and other properties of business men women and and residential property owners. The affected people say no adequate notice was given before embarking on the exercise.

The situation has brought untold hardship to occupants of those said lands, especially during this time of COVID- 19, which has largely affected the fortunes of the generality of businesses, the world over.

With Governments globally giving stimulus packages to business to keep them afloat, LANMMA the Municipal Authority has chosen to compound the already dire situation of business on Government lands within their jurisdiction.

The said official , Offei Odame allegedly led the demolition exercise without the express permission of the assembly. Sources within the assembly say the exercise was not sanctioned by the assembly thus making the said officer complicit in illegal demolition.

On Thursday the said officer clashed with officials from the Ghana Highways Authority who came to visit the site opposite the Accra Training Technical College ( ATTRACO).

According to them the assembly has no right to demolish properties especially when the assembly had earlier been accused of selling the land to other individuals before the present occupants.

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This is after a woman showed up claiming occupancy to the whole ATTRACO stretch of lands.

According to the official from Ghana Highways, “You are from the planning department of the assembly what does this demarcation tell you. Why sell lands to individuals in the past when you know it is government lands”.

By Richard Bright Addo||Ghana