Samuel Atta Akyea
Samuel Atta Akyea, Minister of Works and Housing

A youth group, which identifies itself as East and North Ayawaso Youth for Development, has vowed to resist any attempt by the State to give Nima and Maamobi a ‘villagio-like’ facelift if no stakeholder consultation takes place.

According to the group, there has been no consultation over the project with their Member of Parliament (MP) or their Imam who they consider as the key stakeholders in the area.

Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, the Convener of the group, Nazir Iddris stated that until these consultations are done, they will not rescind their decision to resist the redevelopment of the area.

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“Before any development takes place, there are some processes that must take place and this includes consultation with stakeholders. We also want to know who the contractors are and the terms involved in that development.

“There should have been a committee with the youth and Imams involved. We see this as one of the sloganeering things they want to do. We will resist any attempt to demolish any house without due process,” he said.

Meanwhile, the MP for Ayawaso North, Yussif Issaka Jajah has said the government has not provided him and all other relevant stakeholders with the necessary information about the redevelopment project.

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“As the MP for the area, I have never heard of this until the last time the President came to give his State of the Nation Address. I thought after all the debate on the State of the Nation Address; this thing will come before us as stakeholders of this project.

“Till now, I don’t know anything about it. I don’t know how they are going about it, the timelines and whether they have engaged the landlords – I am not aware of it as an MP,” he said.

Source: |Gertrude Otchere