Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Agbogboloshie market, dealing in scraps metal have united following the recent demolition exercise by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey.

This was disclosed during an exclusive interview with the Greater Accra Scrap Dealers Association last week over the matter at the new site called Chichamanti, few miles away from Greater Accra into Eastern Region.

According to the association’s assistat secretary, Mr. Salifu Salim the numbers their members are so huge that they could not get anywhere to keep their scraps metals after the demolition.

The land, according to the scrap dealers is in a cost of about three (3) million Ghana cedis.

He said the association had to look for this piece of plot which is fifteen (15) acres in size because the regional minister could not fulfill his promise of acquiring the appropriate land for them as earlier on agreed.

“The minister promised to get us the land but ended up giving us a 2 houses plot. He finally gave us 20 acres. But due to our huge numbers, we could not accept it. And it after that we had this. Which is 50 acres”, the assistant secretary said.

“We all initially agreed that the minister will pay 20% of the total cost of the land and we pay 80%. But since then, that has not happened”, he added.

The scrap dealers have also formed a reconciliatory association to ensure that persons who belong to the NDC and had their property seized from them have them returned, to pave way for a total reconciliation in the market.

They believe if this is done appropriately, it will prevent reoccurrence of such attitude of seizing people’s properties, anytime there is a change of government in Ghana.

Ring leader of the NPP supporters in the area, popularly known as Bro Yaw, and is the brain behind the reconciliation told if they were united, the minister would treated them with dignity in the process of the demolition, adding that their disunity has cost them so much.

“Me, I am calling on all our friends in NDC who fled the market because their party lost the elections to come back. We are one and must not allow politics to continue to destroy us. I want to assure them that I have nothing in my heart against them. I will also make sure that their properties are given back to them”, Bro Yaw said.

The reconciliation committee is made up of both NDC and NPP supporters, with Bro Yaw who is an NPP being the chairman, while NDC member if the secretary.

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