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Some squatters under high tension poles at Lapaz new market in the Okaikoi North municipality of the Greater Accra Region are set to be evicted from the area by the government.
During a visit to the community by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey and officials of the Municipal Assembly, a number of structures had been erected under high tension poles and under unsanitary conditions.
Municipal Chief Executive for Okaikoi North, Boye Laryea, who spoke to journalists about the move, said: “I came here with the Regional Minister because of the encroachment of the high tension space. We wanted to at least come and take out the people under the high tension. I also came here to ensure that when we start the exercise, they don’t come and lament and say that the MCE is worrying traders and all that”.
In the meantime, the Greater Accra Regional Minister has hinted of a forced eviction if notice served to the dwellers to move is not adhered to.
“My main problem is an electrical problem and electrical lines dropping from the high tension. I am sure that if it happens, the whole country is going to talk about it and ask what authorities did about it. So we are being proactive to save human lives. So we came to look at it today. They will be served with final notice because they have been given several warnings to relocate, but they haven’t done that. So they will be given the final notice and if they don’t heed to it, then the Assembly will use the law to remove them,” he said.
Already, thousands of unauthorized structures along the Tema Motorway have been pulled down by a task force from the Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly.
The assembly says occupants of the structures had illegally connected electricity and water for use at the expense of the government.