Squatters return to ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’

73
738
DCIM100MEDIADJI_0009.JPG

Hundreds of squatters whose structures were destroyed in a demolition exercise by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) at Old Fadama, a slum community at Agbogbloshie in the Greater Accra Region, have staged a massive comeback.

The squatters, who were initially putting up in make-shift structures, have started constructing permanent structures, giving a strong indication that the demolition by the AMA may have been a wild goose chase.

Some of the squatters the Daily Graphic spoke to said they had resolved not to leave the area because that was the only place they knew as their home.

The June 3, 2015 flood disaster that claimed some 159 lives led to a massive demolition exercise by the AMA to clear structures on watercourses, especially along the Odaw River, which included the Old Fadama slum, popularly known as ‘Sodom and Gomorrah.’

Illegal structures in areas such as the Railway line, close to the Graphic Road, June Fourth in the Katamanto area, Jamestown and Kwame Nkrumah Circle, were demolished as part of the exercise.

Demolition at Old Fadama

On June 22, 2015, the AMA carried its demolition mission to Old Fadama, where more than 1,000 structures that were 100 metres close to the Odaw River were demolished, rendering scores of the residents homeless.

Some of the slum dwellers lost their sources of livelihood, as kiosks and other valuables, running into thousands of Ghana cedis, were destroyed.

The AMA also constructed a wall to barricade the Odaw River from the slum community to prevent its residents from throwing rubbish into the river, which flows directly into the sea in Accra.

With a $100,000 support from the Turkish government, work on the defence wall project started in some parts of the slum, but was halted.

Observations

On August 2 last year, the Daily Graphic carried a publication suggesting that some of the ejected slum dwellers were gradually returning to the demolished areas by erecting temporary structures.

The story captured how scrap dealers, petty traders and other slum dwellers had resumed their activities along the banks of the Odaw River.

On a return to the slum community at the weekend hundreds of the illegal structures that had been demolished by the AMA had sprung up, with the place bustling with human activities.

As of 2 p.m. last Saturday, carpenters, masons and other artisans were seen working to raise some more structures, while some well-built men sat at strategic positions and watched over the works.

A worrying development is that some of the illegal dwellers are already dumping sawdust into portions of the Odaw River to reclaim land for the construction of more structures.

It was also observed that parts of the wall being constructed by the AMA had been broken to create access to the demolished portions.

Some fuel filling points were also operating very close to the banks of the Odaw River, with huge piles of refuse making its way into the already choked river.

Political twist

An interesting observation that was made was that a good number of the structures that were springing up had the flag of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) tied on them.

According to a 38-year-old man, who gave his name as Osman Abdul Rauf, the previous government did not give a human face to the plight of the slum dwellers when it demolished the place.

“You see, God has a way of protecting the vulnerable people that is why they have been voted out. Now, we have a listening President who will not just come and start destroying this place,” he said.

Meanwhile, a highly placed source in the slum, who wants to remain anonymous, told the Daily Graphic that all opinion leaders who tried to speak against the activities had been threatened with death.

It said some of the perpetrators were political party activists who had taken advantage of the change in government to engage in that illegality.

“Some people have taken the law into their hands because they claim that their party is in power, so they have support from top officials to do what they like,” the source added.

It said an engineer from the AMA had warned them to stay away, but no one would listen to him.

“All they do is to extort money from people in order to give them a place to put up a structure. Right now, no one is safe,” the source added.

AMA’s response

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the AMA, Numo Blafo, however, told the Daily Graphic last Sunday that he was personally not aware of the springing up of the illegal structures.

“I cannot say much about it, but I will report to my director so that we can take a decision on it,” he added.

Facebook Comments

73 COMMENTS

  1. Acquista Propecia Per [url=http://cialtobuy.com ]online pharmacy[/url] Buying real worldwide isotretinoin best website mastercard Purchasing Provera In Internet Medication Low Price

  2. Buy Avodart Brand Cialis Prix En Pharmacie Belgique Amoxicillin Dosage Skin Infection [url=http://cialtobuy.com ]cialis[/url] Buy Doxycycline Without Order Propecia Online No Prescription Viagra 100mg Apotheke Preis

  3. Cialis Comprar Online Vente Xenical [url=http://howmuchisvia.com]viagra[/url] Secure Ordering Worldwide Progesterone Medicine Visa Accepted Is Kamagra Dangerous

  4. With havin a lot written content do you sometimes have any problems of copyright violation? My website has a lot of unique material I’ve authored myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.

  5. Buy Plavix Online Uk Propecia Provoca Esterilidad Kamagra Info [url=http://sildenafdosage.com]viagra prescription[/url] Kamagra Quoka Comprar Levitra Bucodispersable Zithromax 1000 Mg Side Effects

  6. You’re absolutely correct. I liked looking through this article and I will certainly come back for more straight away. My website is on the subject of android facetime app, you could check it out if you happen to be still interested in this.

  7. Levitra Westen [url=http://levibuying.com]levitra online no prescription[/url] Amoxicillin And Clavulanate Potassium Augmentin Xenical Prix 2012

  8. Steigerung Der Potenz Cialis Levitra Zithromax Purpose Keflex Manufacturer [url=http://viaonlineusa.com]viagra[/url] Propecia Low Testosterone Drug Hersteller Levitra Propecia Impotencia Cialis Levitra

  9. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very difficult to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and appearance. I must say you have done a excellent job with this. Also, the blog loads super fast for me on Internet explorer. Outstanding Blog!

  10. You’re totally right, I would like to find out new info on this particular issue! I am also fascinated by omega xl fish oil as I believe it is really very unique lately. Keep this up!

  11. Is Amoxicillin Effective For Abcesses Posologia Propecia Alimentos Cialis Crea Dependencia [url=http://buygenericvia.com]online pharmacy[/url] Viagra 20 Mg Diflucan Prescription Levaquin In Australia Shop

  12. Clomipramina Prezzo [url=http://buyvarden.com]levitra. brand name bayer.. 20 mg.[/url] Levitra Moins Cher Pharmacie Comparatif Prix Cialis Viagra Viagra Effetti Collaterali Cuore

  13. Buy Furosemide Tablets Amoxicillin Mg Dapoxetine And Cialis [url=http://levitrial.com]generic levitra l tabs[/url] Cialis Rezeptfrei Dusseldorf Sandoz Amoxicillin Sildenafil A Buon Mercato 150 Mg

  14. Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one!
    It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much
    the same page layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

  15. Does Amoxil Cure Strep Throat Kamagra Sildenafil Citrate [url=http://cheapviasales.com]viagra online pharmacy[/url] Viagra All’Estero Ciprofloxacine Pommade

  16. It was great to read this info and I believe you’re really correct. Inform me in the event that you are thinking about upvc doors, that’s my principal expertise. I hope to check back with you soon enough, take care!

  17. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I’m quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  18. I’m really enjoying the theme of your blog. Do you face any web browser interface problems? Some of my own site audience have complained regarding my Arvind Pandit Kansas website not working the right way in Explorer though looks great in Chrome. Are there any ideas to assist fix the matter?

  19. You are absolutely right and I understand you. When you wish, we might as well chat around Ventana Capital Inc, one thing that intrigues me. The site is certainly impressive, regards!

  20. Hi there! This is my very first reply on this site so I really wanted to give a fast shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you suggest any other sites that cover intercom phone? I’m also pretty hooked on this thing! Thank you so much!

  21. I just like the helpful information you supply to your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and take a look at again here regularly. I’m relatively sure I will be told plenty of new stuff right right here! Good luck for the next!

  22. Many thanks for your terrific article! I definitely liked finding out about it.I’ll be sure to take note of your page and will come back very soon. I would love to encourage you to definitely keep going with the nice writing, even try to think of xender app download for pc too, have a superb evening!

  23. There’s awesome upgrades on the layout of the blog, I certainly enjoy it. My website is dealing with how to increase twitter followers and right now there are plenty of stuff to be done, I am yet still a novice in website design. Take good care!

  24. Our LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) HGV training is based in East London, and our LGV/ HGV courses are taught by qualified DVSA LGV & HGV trainers. LGV was formerly known as HGV, where it used to be referred to as HGV Class 2 (now called LGV Category C) and HGV class 1 (Now called LGV Category C+E).

  25. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My site discusses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you’re interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the way!

  26. Hello there I am so delighted I found your site, I actually discovered you by error, while I was browsing on Bing for personal injury. Anyways I’m here right now and would really enjoy to say cheers for a remarkable post and the all-round interesting site (I also love the design), I do not have enough time to browse it completely at the minute yet I have book-marked it and even included the RSS feeds, so when I have the time I’ll be back to browse a great deal more. Please do continue the excellent work.

  27. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My site discusses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you’re interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the way!

  28. Thank you for the amazing content! I definitely enjoyed learning about.I’ll remember to take note of this blog and definitely will come back later on. I would really like to suggest you to ultimately keep going with your nice posts, perhaps talk about pokemon go android too, have a nice day!

  29. On Line Worldwide Amoxicilina With Free Shipping [url=http://sildenafbuy.com]viagra[/url] Dapoxetina Cuanto Cuesta Can You Buy Ciprofloxacin 500 Mg Online

  30. It was actually great reading this and I think you are totally right. Let me know if perhaps you’re thinking about trane heat pump, that is my principal competency. I really hope to see you soon, be careful!

  31. Fantastic beat ! I would like to apprentice even as you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a weblog site? The account helped me a appropriate deal. I have been tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast provided bright clear concept

  32. Online Pharmacies That Sell Misoprostol Xopenex Boots Chemist Viagra Retail Price [url=http://levibuying.com]levitra order online[/url] Finasteride Tablet In Germany

  33. You’re entirely right. I really enjoyed reviewing this article and I will get back for more as quickly as possible. My own site is on the subject of canon printer updates, you might take a look if you happen to be still interested in that.

  34. Cialis Fast Delivery Cialis Generique Lilly Baclofene Actualite [url=http://cheapvia25mg.com]viagra[/url] Keflex Breast Feeding Orlistat For Sale Misoprostol Online Trusted Pharmacy

  35. I simply had to thank you very much yet again. I do not know the things I would’ve gone through without the entire pointers documented by you concerning such problem. Previously it was a real difficult crisis for me personally, but spending time with the well-written style you resolved that forced me to jump over fulfillment. I will be grateful for your work and thus sincerely hope you realize what a powerful job you are always carrying out training people by way of your webpage. I’m certain you haven’t met all of us.

  36. I needed to create you a bit of observation to help thank you very much as before about the precious principles you’ve provided at this time. It is quite wonderfully open-handed of you to provide extensively what exactly a lot of folks would have sold as an e-book to get some money for themselves, even more so given that you might well have tried it in the event you decided. These inspiring ideas as well served like a good way to recognize that many people have the same zeal just like my personal own to find out very much more in terms of this problem. I know there are a lot more pleasurable times up front for individuals who read your site.

  37. I precisely desired to thank you very much all over again. I do not know the things I would’ve sorted out in the absence of the type of tactics shared by you over this problem. It was before an absolute frightening crisis in my opinion, however , witnessing this skilled form you dealt with that forced me to jump over gladness. Now i am thankful for your service and thus trust you know what a great job your are providing training people through the use of your web blog. I am sure you haven’t come across any of us.

  38. I in addition to my guys were actually analyzing the great advice found on your web blog and quickly I got a terrible suspicion I never expressed respect to the website owner for them. These people appeared to be for this reason warmed to read through them and have in truth been using those things. I appreciate you for turning out to be very considerate and then for deciding upon this form of notable useful guides millions of individuals are really desirous to learn about. Our own sincere regret for not saying thanks to you sooner.

  39. I was discussing with a friend of my own on this article and also regarding best online games as well. I feel you made a lot of great points here, we’re excited to read more stuff from you.

  40. I precisely desired to appreciate you once more. I’m not certain the things that I would’ve achieved in the absence of those hints documented by you relating to my area. Entirely was a troublesome setting in my position, nevertheless being able to view the specialized fashion you managed it forced me to weep with delight. I am thankful for the assistance and even pray you recognize what a powerful job you are doing instructing men and women by way of your site. I’m certain you haven’t come across all of us.

  41. I want to show some thanks to the writer for rescuing me from this particular crisis. As a result of browsing throughout the internet and seeing things which are not productive, I assumed my life was well over. Living without the solutions to the problems you’ve sorted out as a result of this short post is a critical case, as well as the ones that would have negatively damaged my entire career if I had not noticed your web page. That skills and kindness in handling every item was helpful. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t encountered such a step like this. I’m able to now look forward to my future. Thank you so much for your impressive and amazing guide. I will not think twice to recommend the website to any individual who needs to have guidelines about this topic.

  42. I really wanted to post a word in order to appreciate you for some of the amazing tactics you are giving out at this website. My time intensive internet look up has now been compensated with good concept to exchange with my colleagues. I would say that we website visitors actually are undeniably blessed to exist in a superb site with many outstanding professionals with great suggestions. I feel quite blessed to have seen your web pages and look forward to tons of more awesome times reading here. Thanks once again for all the details.

  43. I as well as my buddies have been looking through the excellent pointers found on your site while all of the sudden came up with a horrible feeling I had not expressed respect to the web site owner for those tips. These men appeared to be as a result warmed to study them and have now seriously been having fun with these things. We appreciate you being so considerate and then for pick out this sort of fine issues most people are really eager to understand about. Our own sincere apologies for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.

  44. There is fantastic upgrades on the design of your website, I truly like this. My site is on the subject of shipping and right now there are quite a lot of stuff to do, I am yet still a novice in web design. Thanks!

  45. I simply wanted to jot down a quick note to appreciate you for these remarkable facts you are placing at this site. My time consuming internet look up has at the end been recognized with reliable facts and strategies to talk about with my two friends. I ‘d admit that most of us visitors are truly blessed to dwell in a notable place with very many wonderful people with insightful tips. I feel really lucky to have used your weblog and look forward to really more pleasurable minutes reading here. Thanks once again for everything.

  46. I’m just writing to let you be aware of of the exceptional encounter my friend’s daughter encountered reading your blog. She came to find several things, most notably what it’s like to have a great teaching character to get most people with ease gain knowledge of various very confusing subject matter. You really did more than our expected results. Many thanks for distributing these practical, dependable, informative and fun tips about that topic to Jane.

  47. Needed to post you one bit of observation to help thank you very much over again considering the unique basics you’ve contributed here. It was so surprisingly open-handed with you to convey publicly just what a lot of folks could have advertised as an ebook to get some bucks for themselves, principally now that you might well have tried it in case you wanted. These things additionally acted to become great way to recognize that other individuals have similar desire similar to my very own to figure out a great deal more with regards to this condition. I think there are thousands of more pleasant opportunities up front for those who scan through your blog.

  48. I have to show thanks to this writer for rescuing me from this problem. Because of checking through the world wide web and finding things which were not productive, I was thinking my entire life was gone. Living without the strategies to the problems you’ve resolved by way of the posting is a crucial case, as well as the kind that would have adversely affected my entire career if I hadn’t come across the website. Your personal knowledge and kindness in dealing with every item was useful. I am not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t discovered such a subject like this. I can at this time look forward to my future. Thanks a lot very much for this professional and amazing help. I will not think twice to suggest the blog to anybody who requires guidance on this subject matter.

  49. I wish to show my love for your kindness supporting people that need help on this one situation. Your special commitment to passing the solution all over turned out to be pretty effective and has specifically empowered professionals much like me to realize their aims. The invaluable guideline signifies a lot to me and especially to my mates. Thank you; from each one of us.

LEAVE A REPLY