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General News of Thursday, 20 February 2020

Source: Peace FM

People die suddenly and you wonder why - Fred Agbenyo fumes over Trade Fair demolition

The Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited (GTFCL) over the weekend demolished properties of its tenants at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra on February 16, 2020, to pave way for the redevelopment of the site.

According to them, the tenants were duly notified. However, owners of the properties demolished has expressed disappointment over the exercise.

Speaking in reaction to this on Peace FM morning show 'Kokrokoo', a member of the Communication team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Fred Agbenyo said: "people die suddenly and we often don't understand; strange things happen to people and you wonder why...I can’t just imagine this and then they want to justify it and then they are giving all the useless reasons…someone suffers to put up a company especially in this era of joblessness, then in the name of trade fair; what kind of society are we….it’s unacceptable we can’t live in a country like this and Ghanaians are keeping quiet and everybody is watching this nonsense going on…nobody is rising up".

Background

The Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited (GTFC) took tenants and owners of factories situated at the Trade Fair by surprise when it illegally embarked on a demolition exercise backed by “orders from above” to destroy dozens of factories which are worth millions of dollars.

In the dead of the night last Sunday when the owners of these multi-purpose factories were probably sleeping, the authorities of Trade Fair decided to go all-out on a demolition spree.

The exercise which began around 10pm and ended after 12:00am on Monday saw two bulldozers and a team of armed police officers overseeing the destruction of structures and heavy industrial equipment.