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23.11.2007 General News

Ashaiman Residents Embark On Demo

By Eunice Asiedua Kotoko, Ashaiman -

RESIDENTS of Ashaiman on Tuesday embarked on a demonstration to send a special appeal to President J. A. Kufuor to reconsider the government’s decision not to give Ashaiman an autono-mous status.

Some of the placards they carried read: “Ashaiman wants its autonomy,” “Maxwell Kofi Jumoh must go.”

“No Ashaiman capital, No district”, “Mr. President, fulfil your promise now” and “Ashaiman is too big to be swallowed.”

Mr. Baidoo told journalists that copies of their protest letters has been sent to the Local Government Minister, Majority Leader and the Office of the President.

The people of Ashaiman expressed dissatisfaction when the government announced its decision designating Adenta as the capital of the newly created Adenta-Ashaiman Municipality.

They contended that the choice of Adenta as the district capital is unfair, and unacceptable to them.

They said Adenta was carved out of Ashaiman and therefore should not be accorded district capital status, pointing out that it was because of the over-population of Ashaiman that the new district was being created.

Besides, they said, Ashaiman engages in more economic activities than Adenta which is essentially a residential area.

This is the second time the people of Ashaiman have protested against the move by government to make Adenta the district capital.

The people of Ashaiman threatened to boycott meetings that will be held in Adenta because “we cannot accept Adenta as our district capital'.