Gov’t to consider compulsory acquisition of Adzen Kotoku disputed lands

The Ga West Municipal Assembly is considering to compulsorily acquire the Adzen Kotoku disputed lands earmarked for infrastructural project in the area from affected residents.

Speaking to Joy News, Thursday, after a Land court in Accra ordered the Municipal Assembly not to carry out any demolition of homes at Adzen Kotoku, the Municipal Chief Executive for the area, Sam Atukwei Quaye says, government is interested in compensating residents that will be affected by the project to enable the developmental plans of the area succeed.  

According to the MCE, it is ready to comply with the order of the court, even though government is ready to engage with residents to arrange compensation for them or relocate them for the project to take place.

Mr. Quaye was further of the view that government is not interested in forcefully demolishing buildings, noting that the area, which has been zoned for a market and other infrastructural projects that will benefit the people of Ga West, cannot be turned into a residential area.

The court order came on the heels of a motion filed by residents against the Ga West Assembly’s intentions of demolishing the buildings at Adzen Kotoku to make way for the relocation of inhabitants of Old Fadama.

Residents of the area had insisted that they legally acquired the land and asked the court to restrain the assembly from pulling down their structures.

Joseph Yaw Frankibi, spokesperson for the residents, says they are satisfied with the decision of the court.

According to him, residents were determined to fight the case as they were sure to get legal protection from the law, noting that if the state wants to take over the land, it should go according to the law and take the desired processes.

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