Adjen Kotoku, Amasaman ready to shelter Old Fadama residents

Government has confirmed that sites at Adjen Kotoku and Amasaman are ready for the construction of temporary structures to accommodate displaced residents of Old Fadama, popularly called Sodom and Gomorrah.

The residents have been sleeping in the open after their structures were demolished to make way for the dredging of the Korle Lagoon.

Greater Accra Regional Minister Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo told Joy News the challenges with securing the lands have been dealt with.

“We have gone out to look for areas where they can be moved to, we have gone to the Adjen Kotoku site to look at it, we have also assessed the size of the land.

“But are looking at the number of people leaving the Old Fadama, so we have also looked at another area of possibility, we hovered around Amasaman and we got a land that was to be used for a sports stadium, near the CSIR land.

“I have had discussions with the CSIR leadership and I have been told that the land is not part of the CSIR land.”

Even though the Regional Minister said “numerous proposals” have been received on the type of structure to be erected at those places, his outfit is yet to “zero in” on a particular proposal.

Meanwhile, residents of Old Fadama readying to return to northern part of Ghana were stranded at the bus terminal in Accra Monday morning.

Joy News’ Kwakye Afreh Nuamah reported that about 60 of the displaced residents had packed their properties – mattresses and buckets – ready to be conveyed back home.

Each adult is entitled to 200 cedis enticement fee.

Majority of those heading to Bimbilla in the Northern Region have been transported, a resident told Joy News.

The farmer-turned-scrap-dealer said he is ready to go back into farming to earn money and continue with his education.

Another scrap dealer said he would resume his cowpea business in the north.

But in the Northern Region many of the displaced residents who were sent to Tamale are unwilling to go home because officials have failed to honour a promise to pay each of them 200 cedis.

Northern Regional correspondent, Martina Bugri reported disbursement was underway by the returnees are refusing to go home insisting they must be given 200 cedis as was given to their colleagues who arrived earlier.

Story by Ghana / myjoyonline.com


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