Parliament summons Local Gov't Minister over Sodom & Gomorrah demolition

Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Collins Dauda, is set to appear before Parliament over the recent demolition of structures at Accra’s Old Fadama, that displaced thousands of people.

Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nutiwul, says the summon has been occasioned by the subsequent protest that was occasioned by the demolition which went as far as to the parliament house.

The  Bimbilla legislator said the demolition exercise poses a threat to national security and must be addressed.

Some protestors allegedly destroyed a symbol of the coat of arms at the state house, prompting calls by some MPs for proper security for parliament and other national assets.

Hundreds of displaced Old Fadama residents clashed with police Monday as they illegally embarked on a demonstration to the State House demanding compensation and temporary shelter for their demolished structures.

The protestors had to be dispersed with tear gas from a reinforced police personnel. Some 35 persons have since been arrested by the police.

Authorities of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly say the slum, which is one of Africa’s largest and houses over 300,000 people mostly from northern Ghana, could not be allowed to exist particularly in  the wake of marauding floods largely blamed on structures on waterways.

Parliament on Tuesday took interest in the matter which was raised by Dominic Nutiwul, who believed that the exercise was not properly carried out.

He thus suggested that the Local Government Minister Collins Dauda, be hauled before the house to explain the rationale for the demolition.

Other members supported his call, compelling the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho to summon the minister  before the House to offer an explanation. It is unclear yet when he will appear before the house but it is most likely to be this week.

Meanwhile the Minister’s deputy, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, who is also the MP for Odododiodio, has  accused the opposition NPP of having instigated the protest.

He directly accused the NPP’s newly elected Odododiodio Parliamentary Candidate, Nii Lantey Bannerman, of supplying the demonstrators with party T-shirts and placards and instigated them to hit the streets as an attempt to win their sympathy.

By:Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/

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