BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
RESIDENTS OF Santeo, which is within the Kpone-KatamansoMunicipality of the Greater Accra Region, are up in arms againstthe Tema Development Cooperation (TDC) over the alleged encroachment of lands earmarked for schools and hospitals.
The angry residents,numbering over a hundred, held banners while protesting peacefully along the areas where the lands were being encroached upon and directed their anger at the Managing Director of the TDC, Madam Alice William Kousoh,amidst singing and drumming.
Jonathan Afotey Anum, the Okyeame of the area, while addressing journalists,said the TDC had sold their lands meant for school, park and cemetery to an investor, a development he said they would not allow to happen.
He, however,expressed grave concern over the manner in which the TDC had deployed both the police and soldiers to the area to guard the workers who are developing on the land.
He alleged further that people’s houses were demolished without any discussion with them.
MrAnum explained further that such an illegal activity was becoming unbecoming and that the time had come for them to stand up for their rights. It is said the house owners are also alleging that the developer is using the police and the soldier to guard the land.
“There are here with police officers and soldiers and they have not told us anything. We cannot get closer to ask them anything. These officers are here with guns and the reason we are calling on authorities is that these officers are from the Volta Region and the workers are also from Takoradi. What is so worrying is that they work all nights,” he added.
They are therefore calling on the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the First Lady, a native of the Dangme community, to come to their aid and prevent TDC and its staff from the over 50 acres of lands meant for development projects.
“These are lands meant to expand our school. This is the only school we have here and it was even built by us. Now, the land reserved to expand it and also to build a hospital as agreed upon by allhas now been taken over.
“We are appealing to the President and the First Lady, Madam Rebecca Akufo-Addo, to come and rescue us. We plead with them to come and save us with immediate effect. Stop them and take our lands back for us,” BorkaiOkuteh, Santeo caretaker chief, cries out.
The DAILY HERITAGE has contacted TDC for response but as at the time of going to press, it was yet to receive any response from TDC.