THE GHANA Highway Authority (GHA) has kicked against the unlawful relocation of artisans at Ejisu to a site directly under high tension lines, near the road linking Ejisu and Juaben in Ashanti, by the Ejisu Municipal Assembly.
The GHA, per a letter of April 16, 2013, to the Municipal Chief Executive said the relocation of artisans from the present site in front of the Ghana Fire Service station at Ejisu to the said site under the high tension lines was inappropriate and would not entertain the re-allocation of the site to any developer for whatever reason.
The Regional Surveyor of the Authority has, therefore, been authorized to monitor and bring to its notice any infraction of the directive for the necessary action to be taken.
The MCE was reminded of a directive of April 6, 2005, by the then Chief Executive of GHA to the effect that the Government of Ghana by an Executive Instrument had acquired the land 90 meters in width from Ofankor in Accra to Kumasi, along the Accra-Kumasi trunk road and that no development shall be undertaken within this track of land.
As a result, District Assemblies have been advised to educate the public to refrain from putting up permanent structures within the road reservation and not to encourage encroachment of such lands by private developers.
The GHA had also cautioned District assemblies to ensure that no permits are granted for any development within the road corridor and that any such developments would be demolished and the developers sanctioned.
In another development, the newly-elected Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Mr. Kojo Bonsu has appealed to all residents of the metropolis to lend him their support and co-operation to enable him achieve his vision and development objectives.
The new MCE says he will require the support of the assembly and the entire residents in pushing the policies and programmes aimed at ensuring the development of the city.
The appeal was contained in a release issued and copied to The Chronicle in an appreciation to all stakeholders during the process of his nomination and subsequent confirmation.
The MCE expressed profound gratitude to Assembly members of the KMA and other staff for successfully endorsing his nomination by the President.
He indicated that there were lots of challenges that must be tackled; stressing however that it would require a collective efforts from all stakeholders to be able to confront those daunting challenges.
“Kumasi has major issues to address; ranging from health, sanitation, education, infrastructure etc; it is my will to bring my expertise and the vision of the President to help address as many as possible but I can’t do it alone that is why I will require the support of all” he emphasized.
The KMA boss was particularly grateful to the media for the kind of enthusiasm exhibited towards his nomination and approval.