Some of the demonstrators with placards.
The Youth of Wedokum-Dodowa in the Dangme West District of the Greater Accra Region last Saturday embarked on a massive demonstration against alleged land encroachers.
The demonstration, which lasted for five hours, attracted a large crowd, with the traditional authorities showing solidarity.
The youth, in their quest to register their displeasure, walked through the principal streets of Dodowa with dozens of placards, some of which read, “We want our lands back,” “The lands are ours,” “Alhassan stop selling our lands” and “Fire burn encroachers.”
The secretary of the Wedokum Youth Association, Isaac Nartey, outlined the plight of the indigenes which he claimed was due to the indiscriminate sale of their lands.
According to him, the Wedokum community lags behind in terms of growth and development.
He said the lack of recreational facilities, community centre, place of convenience, among others, had affected the community a great deal.
Nartey addressing the media
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association, Kweku Gargah, indicated that they embarked on the demonstration to protest against “the indiscriminate sale of lands by especially one Mohammed Alhassan who is the brain behind this negative trend.
“I am advising all and sundry to desist from buying lands from such people,” he added.
Meanwhile, the chief of Dodowa, Nene Okukrubour Teye Kwesi Agyemang (V), has indicated that the lands rightly belong to them, adding that they are not afraid of men in uniform.
He said they would do everything possible to protect their lands and would not kowtow to any threat or intimidation.
Some of the youth who shared their ordeal with the media stated that those who try to prevent the people from encroaching on the land are often brutalized by the police and military.
They therefore called on President John Dramani Mahama to help settle the matter to ensure peace at Wedokum.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum