Residents Displaced By Tema-Mpakadan Railway Project Protest, Demand Compensation
Some residents and landowners of Akrade and Senchi who have been displaced by the construction of the Mpakadan-Tema rail project have hit the streets in the Asuogyaman demanding for compensation from the government. The affected residents say failure by the government through the Railway Development Authority
to pay them some compensation for the destruction of their buildings and farms has negatively affected their livelihoods. They want the government to also adhere to modalities agreed upon and pay them for the use of their lands for the construction. Leader of the group, Nana Osei Afari said Since our lands were acquired by EI 23 of
2019 for the construction of the Tema-Mpakadan Railway line project, we have had no option but to clear from our land for this important national project. “A year later in August and September 2020, our crops and building structures were valued and paid with the exception of two structures whose owners rejected the
claims and also two crops farms whose owners also rejected the valuation. According to him, government failed to pay for their lands despite several demands from the Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission. The protestors clad in red bands, amidst brassband music marched from Akrade to Atimpoku to
where they presented a petition to the Asuogyaman District Chief Executive, Samuel Kwame Agyekum. Some of the placards with the inscription Nana Tua Yꜫn ka, Yaw Acheampong Abrꜫ, pay us now, Nana why among several claims were to express their displeasure with the turn of events. In the petition, they issued a 21-day
ultimatum to government to honour it part of the agreement to forestall further protests. The construction of the 97.6-kilometre rail line has witnessed several setbacks including the emergence of COVID-19 but government hopes to complete it by the end of this year.