MORE than thousand residents in Jamestown beach enclave of the Greater Accra Region are seriously facing hunger as a result of the current move by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to demolish dozens of human resettlement structures at the Jamestown beach enclave which generally affects livelihoods.
It emerged that some affected residents lost their valuable items in stores, shops, drinking bars, chop bars and fiscal money during the exercise which was carried by the AMA without even informing or giving prior notice to the residents.
The demolition exercise which contributes to the hunger of the various residents in the area, according to information available to Bizzygh.com was carried out by the AMA headed by Mohammed Adjei Sowah claiming to have paved the way for government to start the construction of the long awaiting Jamestown Fishing Harbour.
Bizzygh.com gathered that the demolition exercise generally began at about 5 A.M and armed policemen stormed the coastal community to pull down a string of wooden structures and other buildings.
Suddenly some distraught residents of Jamestown during the demolition tried their best to salvage their belongings while others, including women and children, sat in despair and dejection.
They have expressed displeasure in the demolition exercise by the government. Some revealed they have not given permits since their loss was yet to be compensated.
They explained three sites had already been demolished to make way for a community park, fishermen harbor, and Salaga market.
“This is the sixth time this place has been graded from Rawlings’ era. They start, leave us stranded for years and when we bounce back, they come up with another demolishing exercise.
“The structures should be demolished one after the other. How can you demolish four structures simultaneously without having immediate plans for construction?
“Which is more important between a school and harbor?” he asked, explaining the government has misplaced priorities of which it has to suffer for.”
In 2018, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod for preparatory works to begin on the construction of the US$60 million Jamestown Fishing Port Complex, in Accra.
The Project would involve the dredging of about 118, 000 cubic metres of the harbour basin, construction of about 1,200 meters of hydraulic structures, production facilities, such as office buildings, trading markets, cold storage, processing, and commercial areas.
The facility, one of 12 planned by the government for the coastal belt, is being funded through a Chinese Government Grant and is geared towards revamping the fisheries sector to aid national development and promote tourism.
At a ceremony at James Town in Accra, the President noted that the project, which had been on the drawing board since 1965, was now becoming a reality under his administration.
But after two years, work is yet to start on the project.
Source:Bizzygh.com/Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU