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AMA demolishes structures to pave way for dredging of Odaw River

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Many illegal structures at Adabraka and Odawna, both suburbs of Accra have been demolished by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in a demolition exercise.

The exercise started from the main entrance of the Adabraka Presbyterian Church where part of the church’s fence wall and a number of wooden structures, kiosks and containers were pulled down by a bulldozer.

In an interview, the District Minister in­-charge of the Adabraka Presbyterian Church, Rev Joseph Badu-Sekyere, said the exercise took them by surprise.

According to him, he was in the church premises when officials from the AMA and some police officers came to ask him to remove a container on the church premises, belonging to the church’s women’s fellowship.

However, the Head of Operations of the AMA, Mr Joseph Okine, who took part in the exercise, said the demolition was to pave the way for the dredging of the Odaw River.

He said the demolition exercise was not tak­ing place at Adabraka alone adding that another team from the AMA also at Avenor to under­take a similar exercise.

When contacted, the Chairman of the Odawna Mechnical Shop, Nana Amo Quandoh, said the demolition had caused them a lot since most of them were not aware of the exercise.

He attributed the recent floods in and around that area to the blockage of the Odaw River by the contractor undertaking construction works on the Graphic Road.

Source: Daily Graphic

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