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09.10.2008 Regional News

Physically challenged cobbler appeals for help

By GNA

Mr Kwaku Nkrumah, a 56 year-old physically challenged cobbler at Moline in the Kintampo North Municipality of Brong Ahafo has appealed for assistance to rehabilitate his five-bedroom apartment whose roofing was ripped-off during a heavy downpour.

He said other personal properties worth about GHC 2,000 were also destroyed.

The cobbler explained to the Ghana News Agency that as a result of the disaster, life had become very difficult and unbearable for him and his family and called on the government, non-governmental organisations and philanthropists to assist him.

Mr Nkrumah said he reported the incident to the Municipal Chief Executive and the Municipal NADMO Director who came and assessed the extent of damage about three months ago but had not received any positive response.

“I'm suffering as I have credited some building materials in an attempt to rehabilitate the structure but with five children and a wife I find myself in a fix now. There's no one to help me,” he said.

The cobbler said his problem had been compounded by the fact that his shoe shop, his only source of livelihood situated along the Kintampo Government Hospital Road, had been razed down together with some other shops for a road rehabilitation project.

Mr Nkrumah explained that though the space created for the project was not used after all, the Assembly was claiming the land saying it had purchased it at GHC 25,000 and has the receipts covering the amount.

Madam Grace Manu, another victim said two of her stores valued at GHC 4000 had been pulled down and was waiting on the Assembly to act quickly to save her from her current situation.

When the Assembly member for the area, Mr Basala Alhassan was contacted on the issue, he explained that the stores were given to them on Build Operate and Transfer System and insisted that the facility belonged to the Assembly.

He said at a meeting to discuss the issue, the traders agreed to the arrangement and was therefore surprised at the attitude of the traders.

The Assembly member however stated that a list of the affected traders had been compiled and gave the assurance that the Assembly would meet over the issue and see how they could address the concerns of the traders.

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