Some heartbroken residents of Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region have staged a demonstration against the alleged sale of open space within the community of 22 provinces by the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) to private developers.
Angry youths were seen in red and black apparel as they marched amid war chants against the sale of the property.
According to the youth, the park, which is the only playground in the community also serves as a haven for people displaced by floods during the rainy season. It is also a place of gathering when emergencies arise. That is to say, the open space serves as an events ground for funerals, crusades, and Easter conventions among others.
They demanded that the TDC halt the sale and want the government to investigate the TDC over the matter.
One of the demonstrators noted that the Starlight Park was the starting point for some great footballers such as former Black Stars player Awudu Issaka, as well as former Hearts of Oak player, Ablade Morgan and Arsenal midfielder Thomas Teye Partey.
Another demonstrator indicated that they will protect the park and all others in the community from the TDC and other private organizations interested in acquiring them.
However, it was noted that the Presiding Ashaiman Municipal Member, Azorgi Ananga, addressed the demonstrators by saying ;
Meeting with the TDC has proved that the said land won’t be given out on sale any longer and it’ll be returned to the school and community. The park belongs to us, it is the community property. We did not hit the streets because we’ve been promised a finality to the issue. We will go ahead and sign documents to ensure that they do not go against their word “
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