Residents living in and around Dome Crossing, a suburb in Dome of the greater Accra region, were shocked to the marrow on Friday dawn when the Ga East Assembly embarked, on a spontaneous demolition exercise leaving scores of traders and residents on the streets with millions of wares and property destroyed.
The aggrieved indigenes who expressed disgust at the situation bemoaned that no prior information or notice were channeled to them before authorities took to their backyard to perpetuate such barbarism.
They lamented that times are really difficult for the government and city authorities to go about haphazardly destroying people’s livelihoods and sleeping abodes.
The disgruntled affected traders and residents contended that the lack of free flow of information between the Assembly and the people is a major concern in the area. Lamenting that credible information available to them indicates that, the next phase of the exercise is imminent but is difficult for them to phantom the exact spot or location within the community, where the operation would be carried out.
The residents are demanding a stakeholders consultative meeting between the authorities and community leaders to forestall any unforeseen calamity or upheaval as well as the Way forward.
A member in the community Hon. Mustaphar Hadji revealed that the activities by the assembly was an eye saw, and have implored them to be proactive and pragmatic in released of communication and public engagement if the assembly so wish to carry on with such operations in Dome Crossing and its environs respectively.
He also aver that if care is not taken to neutralized the anger of the people, the community will be forced to the throat to face off with the authorities.
He again charged the government to fetch alternative location for the inhabitants before embarking on the next step of the operation, which have resulted in huge financial loss to the people. Stating that the community recently went through a very tragic flooding somewhere last months which left scores of the people on the street and others engaging on all forms of social vices.
He concluded his submissions by alluding that, ” the government should approach this exercise with a human face, instead of this unconventional and brute methods which could degenerate into unnecessary chaotic scene and blood shed”.
Call Hon. Hadji Mustaphar