N8 project: Compensate residents before demolishing structures – Kennedy Agyapong to government

Ghana Ghana News

The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has urged the government to pay compensation to property owners who would be affected by the construction of the N8 highway before the demolishing of their property.

Property owners were expected to have relocated to pave way for the road construction about a week ago.

The N8 project is from Yamoransa in the Central Region to Ahwiankwanta in the Ashanti Region.

The portion from Assin Praso through to Assin Fosu will end at Assin Atonsu.

Some owners of temporary structures have removed them but owners of permanent structures are yet to adhere to the guidelines by the Municipal Assembly.

During a dialogue between the Assembly and the property owners, the Assembly maintained that the demolition exercise would start before the government releases funds for the payment of compensation.

However, in a telephone interview with the Assin Central lawmaker, he opined that government ought to have settled the compensation to affected property owners before it carried out the exercise.

That, he said, was to avoid the possible difficulties the delay in payment might cause the owners, which may be three years or more after demolition.

Mr Agyepong said the effects of the exercise could be dire as it would affect people who had their daily bread where the demolition would take place.

Source: GNA

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