A joint operational task force from three municipal assemblies on September 16, 2021, issued a final notice to property owners who had encroached on the buffer zone of the Kpeshie lagoon by filling the place with sand and stones to allow them put up structures, thereby destroying the ecosystem of the area.
The tasks force drawn from the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LADMA), Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly (LEKMA), and Ayawaso North Municipal Assembly gave the encroachers up to September 30, 2021, to vacate the land or face demolition.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quarter, directed the assemblies to ensure those having buildings in the buffer zone to remove their properties and vacate the place before the demolition exercise date.
The vacation of the land by the encroachers would pave the way for the dredging of the lagoon and planting of trees, which form part of the ‘Make Accra work’ project initiated by the minister.
The encroachers, some of whom had been operating supermarkets, automobiles, pubs, and eateries, had filled the buffer zone with sand and stones to erect their structures.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for LADMA, Solomon Kotey Nikoi, explained that the joint operation was to ensure all the assemblies under whose jurisdiction falls the Kpeshie Lagoon partook in the exercise.
He said after several warnings to the encroachers, some of them claimed the assemblies had issued them the permit to operate there, hence their refusal to vacate the place.
The MCE for LEKMA, Mrs. Evelyn Twum-Gyamrah, said the speed at which some businessmen have erected structures in the Kpeshie buffer zone was alarming.
She said although LEKMA had also not issued any permit to those operating businesses in the zone, they kept giving the excuse that they had permits from the assemblies.
“Now, we are all here, so they can show us which municipal assembly issued them the permit.
“They have up to September 30, 2021, to remove their properties before the demolition. We cannot allow anybody or persons to take the law into their hands,” Mrs. Twum-Gyamrah said.
The Head of Works Department for LEKMA, Richard Kofi Nuamah, said the necessary action was needed to prevent people from encroaching in the Kpeshiewetland.
The encroachers, however, said the deadline was too close and so pleaded that the time should be extended since they had been paying GHc¢600 annually as a token to the chiefs who gave them the land for temporary use.