Over 30 shops sited near the premises of some filing stations and close to the overpass at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region have been pulled down.
These structures were bulldozed in a controlled demolition exercise led by the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (AshMA) under the supervision of about 15 armed military and police personnel.
Unauthorized billboards, sign boards, petty trading tables, structures, among others, were all destroyed in the process.
Some traders and individuals, who were unhappy with the exercise by the Assembly, complained that they had not been given enough time to vacate the premises before their structures were demolished.
Speaking to ashaimanonline, Robert Asante, 35, a dissatisfied trader said: “You give people three days to leave… This is unfair! We went to see some of the leaders at the Assembly and there was an undertaking that they will give us more time to move and just imagine this early morning, I was called that they had demolished the place so what is the purpose of the undertaking?”
Mame Abena, 37, said “what is the essence of the levies we pay always if where we earn a living are all destroyed by the very people who levy us?
The Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (AshMA) has however defended the demolition.
Speaking to ashaimanonline, an Officer at the Assembly (name withheld) said the demolition was in accordance with Court order.
“These structures have been here for sometime and all attempts to evacuate them have proved futile so the issue was settled in court and mandated us to embark on this exercise.”
According to the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (AshMA), this exercise is part of its policies to ‘clean’ community of illegal trade and unlawful erection of structures that has become hide out of criminals and also perpetrating prostitution.
Ashaimanonline brings you images from the scene:
Police officers on site to control intruders
Shops lifted from site
Some of the tools for the exercise
Shops and petty trading tables pulled down
Unauthorized sign board pulled down
Security personnel on guard