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General News of Tuesday, 30 September 1997

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District Chief Executive Puts A Freeze On Issueing Of Land Permits

Elubo (Western Region), 29, Sept. The District Chief Executive for Jomoro, Mr Thomas Kwesi, has ordered the District Town and Country Planning Officer to suspend issuing permits to land developers on government acquired lands at Elubo until further notice. Mr Kwesi gave the order when he inspected a private building being constructed on government acquired land at Elubo as part of his one-day familiarization visit to government institutions in the town. Mr Kwesi, who expressed concern over the unplanned manner in which houses are being put up at Elubo, ordered the owner of the building behind the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) quarters to stop work immediately. He said Elubo, being a gateway to the country, must be planned properly to befit that status. Mr Kwesi said it was for this reason that the government acquired both sides of the main road from Kilometre One to Kilometre Three for its offices and bungalows. Mr Kwesi, therefore, directed land developers wishing to build in the area to contact the District Assembly for consideration. Addressing the CEPS officials earlier, Mr Kwesi asked them to work harder than before to improve their revenue collection. Mr Isaac Ahenkorah, District Coordinating Director who accompanied Mr Kwesi, asked heads of departments to inform the District Assembly on events occurring there before informing their offices in Sekondi and Accra. He explained that, in most cases, officials of the District Assembly become embarrassed when asked to comment on any incident they have not heard about. Mr S. O. B. Quaye, Assistant Commissioner of CEPS, Mr Kweku Duah, head of the Bureau of National Investigations, and Mr Francis Pobee, officer in charge of Immigration Services, conducted Mr Kwesi round the security wire-net which has been damaged by criminals operating at the 'no man's land' between Noe in Cote d'ivoire and Elubo.