”We vehemently oppose ‘Kayayei’ Hostel Project”- Ga Traditional Council
The Ga Traditional Council says it remains vehemently opposed to the unauthorised construction of some hotel facilities for head porters(Kayayei) in the centre of Accra.
According to the Council, the “unidentified people” carrying out the project at Agbogbloshie are doing so without the permission of their members.
“The Council has not been contacted nor has it been engaged in prior discussions with anyone on such a project,” a statement from the Council and signed by King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II said.
The statement also said the project is not in the interest of the Ga state.
They, therefore, warned that the unidentified persons “should cease construction forthwith”.
“The Ga Traditional Council under the leadership of its President, Ga Mantse and the people of The Ga State, remain vehemently opposed to this Project,” the statement said.
However, the council added that if they wish to proceed with the hostel project for “Kayayei”, they should seek a new site outside the city.
Meanwhile, the Gadangme Council has also demanded that the government returns the land earmarked for the construction of the hostel facilities to their original owners — the Ga people.
The Council is of the view that since the Gadangme indigenes also need a place to settle, it will be wrong to use their lands to resettle others who are not natives.
Below is the full statement from the Ga Traditional Council
This comes after the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga West, Clement Nii Lamptey Wilkinson cut the sod in February to begin construction of a four-storey hostel facility at Adjen Kotoku to accommodate 300 head porters.
The facility is among seven other hostel facilities that would be built within seven municipalities in the Greater Accra Region.
Funded by the government, the four-storey facility is expected to be completed within a period of 18 months.
Mr Wilkison explained that the project was part of efforts by the government to improve the lives of head porters in Accra.