Some residents of Dohinaa Yili, Changli and Bulpiela have expressed their displeasure over a planned demolishing exercise being undertaken by the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly to pave way for a ring road in the area.
Nearly two hundred houses within three communities in the Tamale Central and South constituencies have been earmarked for the demolishing exercise.
At the time of Diamond news visit to the affected communities some residents had evacuated their homes whiles others were seen salvaging some of their properties including their roofing sheets.
Some of the residents who spoke to the news team claimed the exercise had been reduced to politics, as some houses were targeted for demolishing because they were opposition parties supporters’.
They claimed the road had been diverted from the original plan and the one month notices isn’t practicable.
The Regional Director of the Survey department, Jojo Adu-Hanson, who was on site to inspect the demolishing meanwhile denied the claims by the residents.
He indicated that, the plan was approved by the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly in the 90’s and every building in existence then, were all surveyed, mapped and incorporated into the layout scheme.
Mr. Adu-Hanson encouraged property developers to always do background checks from Lands Commission and the Assembly whenever they are buying plots or houses in order to avoid future losses.
Meanwhile, the Assembly member for Changli electoral area, Iddrisu Ibrahim who spoke to the news team urged residents to comply with the Assembly’s directive since the construction of the road would open the area up for development.
He maintained that compensation will only be paid to the rightful persons whose buildings will be pulled down.
Story By: Edward A. Ken-zorre