3-Week ultimatum to Manet, Tema Motorway squatters

BY: Joshua Bediako Koomson
3-Week ultimatum to Manet, Tema Motorway squatters
Mr Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, with Mrs Evelyn Twum-Gyamrah, Chief Executive of LEKMA, assessing the situation at the Manet junction

The Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly (LeKMA) has indicated that it will remove illegal structures along the Manet Junction and a section of the Tema Motorway to ensure sanity in the area.

Already, the assembly has served an eviction notice on some of the supposed encroachers, asking them to vacate from the area by the close of this month or have their property demolished.

This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer of LeKMA, Mrs Evelyn Twum-Gyamrah, during an inspection tour by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, to the assembly last Tuesday.

The tour was to assess the level of discipline in the system and the success of the “Let's Make Accra Work” initiative.

The minister also visited the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) and the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly (ONMA).

Mrs Twum-Gyamrah indicated that the “squatters” had been pilfering electricity and water, and facilitating unauthorised entry and exit onto the motorway in a manner that had caused accidents.

She said the assembly had not been successful with the effort since 2019, despite forcibly evacuating the settlers at some occasions.

This time around, she said, the assembly would cordon off some part of the road reservations and also deploy task force to other areas to ensure the sustainability of the exercise.

Already, she said, the exercise had begun at some part of the Tema Motorway where a 20-acre plot had been secured.

“We won't relent; we will keep on doing this until the area is devoid of encroachers and other illegal settlers,” Mrs Twum-Gyamrah stressed.

Other encroachers.

At the ONMA, the Chief Executive, Mr Boye Laryea, said the assembly would demolish illegal structures around the high tension electric system at the Lapaz New Market..

He said the assembly would serve eviction notice to the settlers to pave the way for the exercise..

The regional minister urged assemblies in the region not to rest on their oars, but to enforce the laws to ensure that discipline and sanity prevailed in the region..

He said the Regional Coordinating Council would continue to monitor the activities of the assemblies to ensure that they were on track.