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28.05.2009 Regional News

Ho MCE orders demolition of unauthorised structures at Anyirawase

By Samuel Agbewode, Ho - Ghanaian Chronicle
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The Ho Municipal Assembly, under the new Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Isaac Kodobisah, has embarked on activities to ensure that the needed developments are extended to the various communities in the Municipality.

For a start, a demolition exercise of unauthorised structures at Anyirawase was carried out with the pulling down of structures such as chop and drinking bars, provision shops, retailers and food vendors sheds, as well as taxi drivers booking sheds, and other kiosks.

The owners of these destroyed structures, who refused to vacate the area upon several notices and appeals from the Assembly, were compelled by the exercise to remove their roofing sheets, doing so under duress, and under full glare of the crowd which besieged the area to catch glimpse of the exercise, and take the advantage to know their new and energetic young MCE, Mr. Isaac Kodobisah.

Following earlier resistance, the Police at Anyirawase were deplored to the area to ensure maximum security to allow the exercise, which was slated for that day, to be completed without any hindrance.

In spite of the earlier resistance, the youth of the area contrarily supported the Assembly for embarking on such exercise, which they described as productive, because it would afford the area benefit from socio economic development, which they noted, would help create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.

Speaking to the media, the Mr. Kodobisah said the demolition exercise was not only meant to destroy unauthorised structures, but formed part of the development agenda of the Assembly to extend development to the rural communities in the Municipality.

According to him, the exercise was in response to appeals from the people for the construction of a market and a taxi rank, which fell within the development plan of the Assembly, and is aimed at accelerating development in the Municipality.

Mr. Kodobisah noted that apart from improving the infrastructure needs of the people, it would also go a long way to generate more revenue for the Municipal Assembly, to enable it extend development activities to needy communities.

The Ho MCE therefore called on Assembly and Unit Committee Members, to cooperate with the chiefs of their respective communities, accept projects brought to them, and support contractors working in their communities to ensure that they gave the needed assistance to ensure early completion of projects.

The Ho MCE announced that the Assembly would carry out a feasibility study in Urban, Town and Area Councils, on lands in the Municipality, for the Assembly to come up with development plans for the area

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