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Residents complain about chaotic developments at Anwomaso.

A section of residents of Anwomaso in the Oforikrom Municipality are complaining of chaotic developments without restraint in the vicinity.

The complaints are that stool elders in the community are allocating lands on reserved portions, including spaces marked for streets.

Even though formal complaints in the form of petitions have been made to the Regional Director of the Department of Town and Country Planning, no action has been taken, while developers continue to encroach upon these lands with impunity, thus disrupting the approved

layout of the community.

A case in point is the development of a building on a space earmarked for street, which would eventually deprive residents access to their duly approved buildings.

Madam Sarah Ama Andoh, a landlady of H/No Block A, Plot 42, who drew the attention of the officials of the Department of Regional Town and Country Planning to the development, says this is a serious infraction and disruption of approved layout, which needs inspection and appropriate remedial action.

Copies of the petition were addressed to the Municipal Chief Executive of the Oforikrom Municipal Assembly Oforikrom, the Regional Lands Officer at the Lands Commission, the Liaison Officer at the Asantehene Lands Secretariat at Manhyia, the Regional Director

Survey and Mapping Division of the Lands Commission in Kumasi, the Regional Highway Director, Ghana Highway Authority and the Oforikrom Municipal Police Commander, in


According to the complainant, no action has been taken while development takes place in the night and works steadily ongoing, bringing the house to lintel level.

She said instead of the expected action, Madam Ando, whose residence was built 20 years ago after acquiring the land two years earlier, is now being asked to produce documents by field engineers of the Oforikrom Municipality for necessary action, instead of the encroachers against the directives of the Department of the Regional Town and Country Planning to stop work on the development.

She bemoaned that officials of the Oforikrom Municipal Assembly briefly inspected the said development and promised to return to mark the building for demolition, but because they had no paint for the exercise they did not come back.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Apr 18, 2019
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