Mr. Carlos Ahenkora the Member of Parliament for Tema West has halted the demolishing exercise which was taking place over the weekend by the Sakumono lagoon.
According to him, The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the area and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources are not aware of the said exercise.
The Member of Parliament hinted that, “The MCE for the area is not aware, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources is also not aware of the demolishing exercise. I think situations like this have a political side and politically it can be solved”.
Mr. Ahenkora also explained that there is a court injunction on the demolition exercise being carried out by the Forestry Commission and that is the reason for his interference.
He also stated that, instead of breaking down the buildings, the roots of the problem should be known and a permanent solution should be found.
He said, “I want to talk to the forestry or the Wildlife. We have to know if there’s any other solution to the problem aside demolishing the buildings. If the land doesn’t belong to the person, we have to look for person who sold the land and take the money from him and give it back to the owner”.
You can’t start pulling down people’s buildings without retrieving their monies back to them and also solving the problem from the roots. Not doing this will create a lot of problems”, he added.
However, the Forestry Commission Representative David Pele explained that, the decision to demolish houses and structures was due to the fact that their buildings are too close to the Sakumono Lagoon.
Mr. Pele added that, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources John Peter Amewu was there to indicate the boundary which depicts how close structures should be near the water body.
Source: Beatrice Ehwieda/pinkfmonlinegh.com