The Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly (ONMA), together with the Tesano and Achimota Mile 7 Police patrol team have demolished structures mounted by minors and ‘wee’ (cannabis) smokers.
The Tesano Operation’s Commander, Nana Oti Ware, led a team including the Assembly’s Taskforce, the Tesano and Achimota Mile 7 Police to demolish a number of structures along the Alogboshie big gutter.
The demolition exercise took off on Friday, 14th June, 2019 at Alogboshie a suburb of Achimota.
The Operation’s Commander said he led the team to carry out the exercise base on the permission granted by the Municipal Chief Executive.
According to him, Hon. Boye Laryea could not join the operation because he was attending to other equally important official assignments.
Nana Oti Ware explained that the demolition exercise was necessitated after the Alogboshie Assemblyman Hon. James Akogo, the Alogboshie Chief Nana Banyin and their Unit Committee members met the Municipal Chief Executive to express their grievances over the increasing number of minors between the ages of ten to eighteen years engaging in ‘wee’ smoking along the big gutter at Alogboshie.
Mr. Ware added that the Assembly must help to find a lasting solution to the problem since it is very disturbing especially because the perpetrators are minors. They abuse cigarettes, wee, tramadol, alcohol just to mention a few.
According to the Operations Commander, the MCE upon hearing their grievances contacted him which he gladly showed up. He said, “I wrote a letter to that effect with one month notice. When the time was due, the MCE gave us the permission to go on with the exercise in his absence”.
He said, when they got to the scene, the occupants initially attempted to stop them from going on with the exercise.
He narrated that: “I acted on intelligence from the residents, they told me that three guys had AK47 gun. I called the Municipal Chief Executive to inform him, he then called the Achimota Mile 7 Police patrol to join the team in order to combat the deviant guys for a successful operation”.
He continued that, they came along with a pay loader which was used to pull down the tents, kiosks and structures along the gutter.
“We could not finish the exercise as the pay loader got stacked at a point but majority of the structures were brought down.” – Mr. Oti Ware.
He added that, the Chief’s secretary told him that he would come to the Assembly the following week to discuss the way forward so that the exercise can be completed.
Source: GHANA / onmaonline.com