Shop owners and traders around the private residence of President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo say they are ready to vacate the location on one condition.
They say all they need is sufficient compensation to help them re-establish themselves at their new locations.
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National Security officials have given the traders up to March 15 to vacate the area which has been declared a security zone, following the election of Nana Akufo-Addo as the President of Ghana in December 2017.
Government sources say the traders will be compensated with amounts ranging from GH₵ 3,000 to GH₵ 10,000.
National Security officials visited the area on Friday and handed the compensation packages to some shop owners.
But a trader who pleaded anonymity said they were ready to vacate the place but the amount given them was not enough.
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He said the said compensation was inadequate and not a true reflection of their investments.
“We are ready to leave; trust me. We are not saying we won’t move; we are eager to move but the compensation is not enough. They should do something about it. That is what we are worried about” he said on Accra0-based radio, Neat FM.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Information and Presidential spokesperson, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has described as completely false, media reports that shop owners and traders around the private residence of President Akufo-Addo were given only a week’s notice to vacate the location.
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A statement issued by the Presidency and signed by Dr Hamid said leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six-week grace period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them to move, a request which was granted.