Evacuate affected persons to Trade Fair - Amnesty Int’l

Evacuate affected persons to Trade Fair - Amnesty Int’l



Amnesty International (AI) Ghana has inveighed against the demolition exercise conducted by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) at Old Fadama for the purpose of dredging the Korle Lagoon.


Country Director of Amnesty International, Robert Akoto Amoafo in an interview said the action by authorities about the demolition smacks of gross insensitivity.



According to the Director of the Human Rights group, affected persons are at high risk for coronavirus as no alternative measures were put in place to mitigate the huge impact of the demolishing and protection from COVID-19.



“To embark on this without any alternate measures to evacuate them, even in this period is very bad and condemnable. We have Trade Fair and other places where government could arrange as makeshift structure for them to inhabit in the interim,” he said.



It would be recalled that on Thursday, April 15, 2020, the AMA embarked on a demolition exercise at Old Fadama in Accra where over 1,000 slum-dwellers were rendered homeless after AMA demolished wooden structures to pave way for the dredging of the Korle Lagoon.



Some of the affected residents were of the view that the Assembly should have exercised patience until the lockdown was over.