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Eviction of squatters along Accra-Tema Motorway long overdue

MR KOFI Annan, the Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations who is a proud Ghanaian once said “extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere.

Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian political and spiritual leader also once said “poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Indeed, in the name of poverty, people go the extra mile to make ends meet even if it means squatting along the dangerous Accra-Tema Motorway.

The Accra-Tema Motorway allows up to 100 kilometers per hour which naturally puts the lives of motorists and anybody along the Motorway at risk.

It, therefore, beats the imagination of well-meaning Ghanaians to learn that some individuals have chosen to squat and sell dangerously along the Accra-Tema Motorway.

Their excuse has always been poverty. They claim that squatting along the Motorway was the only way to survive. This clearly should not be countenanced.

It is for this reason that the DAILY HERITAGE supports the Ministry of Roads and Highways’ plans to evict all squatters dotted along the Accra-Tema Motorway.

According to Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the exercise is expected to be completed before April 2018. He told Citi FM on Wednesday  that the move is to pave way for the expansion of the Motorway.

He explained that the highway would be expanded from the current four lanes to six lanes over a 30-month period.

“We are going to expand the motorway from the current four lanes to six lanes. It will take about 30 months because it will be under construction this year.

“We need to create the right of way and clear everybody for the contractor to carry out this work. This will be up to the end of March. Announcements will come to that effect. We are going to clear the squatters on both sides,” he stated.

We welcome the plan to expand the lanes and hope that government would make do its promise and see to the eviction of the squatters and pave way for more brisk business because the Motorway serves as the gateway to major business hubs in Tema, Accra and other business centres in the country.

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