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KTC Tells TDC To Return Its Lands


The Land Allocation Committee of the Kpone Traditional Council (KTC) has appealed to the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) to release parcels of government acquired lands not being utilized back to the people of Kpone.

Nii Tetteh Ashong, A member of the Land Allocation Committee of KTC, told the media on Thursday that some developers are encroaching on the said lands.

He said if such lands would not be used for its intended purpose, it was only fair that the lands were returned to the Traditional Council.

Nii Ashong alleged that 35 acres of such parcels of lands located near the Kpone cemetery have been given out to one Mohammed, a Lebanese, by the Kpone-Katamanso District Assembly (KKDA) to develop.

According to him, even though the Assembly has erected a sign post indicating that the land was the property of the KKDA, authorities at the Assembly have denied allocating the said land to the developer.

Nii Ashong called on the Assembly to stop the said developer from developing the land or else the Committee would seek redress in court.

When contacted, Alhaji Antiaye Tetteh, District Chief Executive of KKDA, denied the allegation that his outfit has allocated the land to the said Mohammed.

Alhaji Tetteh however said the Lebanese, who owns some factories in Kpone offered to help the Assembly to fence its cemetery.

He explained that Kpone has two cemeteries; one belonging to the Traditional Council and the other by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), from which KKDA was carved out.

He said the fencing was to help demarcate the boundaries between the two cemeteries, as the Assembly has plans to resume burying the dead on its portion, after the TMA stopped using the place some few years back when the youth of Kpone agitated against the burying of non-natives on their land.

According to the DCE, before the start of the fencing project, he informed the KTC’s Land Allocation Committee members of the intention of the businessman to fence the two cemeteries separately for them for free.

He said the Committee members however rejected the offer and was therefore surprised at the allegations being levelled against the Assembly for selling part of the cemetery lands to a private developer.

Mr Tetteh, who could not give the full name of Mohammed, said the Lebanese had been generous to the Assembly without any strings attached.

According to him, he had once donated two pick-up vehicles to the Assembly to facilitate the movement of its revenue mobilization team.

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