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Regional News of Monday, 27 January 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

I’m disappointed in TDC’s demolition – Ofosu Ampofo

A former Minister for Local Government, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has expressed disappointment in the manner in which the Tema Development Cooperation (TDC) demolished houses in the Tema West Constituency last Tuesday.

According to the former minister, TDC should have engaged in a dialogue to get people to move instead of rendering them homeless.

The Tema Development Corporation (TDC) demolished dozens of houses in that section of the Metropolis.

The demolition exercise, fully supported by a completely armed Police and Military team, rendered about 3,000 residents in the area, which is at the heart of the Constituency, homeless.

According to the TDC, its taskforce embarked upon the demolition exercise to rid their lands of illegal structures.

But presenting some relief items to the victims, Ofosu Ampofo expressed his disappointment in the action taken by TDC.

He lamented: “I am very much disappointed because we have had dialogues over this issue. The Assembly man here is the presiding member of the group and he is not a mean person so the TDC could have engaged him and other leaders to find a lasting solution in a way that will not traumatize the people.”

He further appealed to the security men to give the victims the opportunity to retrieve their lost items.

He also stated that there are talks with NADMO to solve the problem.

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