7 November 2012

Ghana: Estate Developer Arrested

Obuasi — THE POLICE at Obuasi have arrested an estate developer for allegedly encroaching on a road reservation belonging to the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA).

The illegal activity of Mr. Sam Morrison, the estate developer, is said to have resulted in the destruction of fibre optic cables belonging to telecommunication companies.

A large quantity of cable wires were found to have been damaged at Obuasi, which destruction has been identified as the main cause of frequent interruption in telephone calls in Ashanti region.

Mr. Morrison, who has since last week Monday been granted bail, has been charged with unlawful entry and destruction of property, according to DSP Matthew Asante, the Obuasi Municipal Police Commander.

His arrest followed a complaint lodged by the Ashanti Regional Director of the GHA, Ing. Sitsofe David Addo with the police.

As a result of the development, the Obuasi Municipal Police Command has directed telecom companies whose optical fibre cables have been destroyed by the private developer to submit official estimates to assist them assess the extent of damage caused.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional directorate of the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) has moved against encroachment on its road reservations throughout the region.

The action follows the setting up of a GHA Lands Committee and Task Fiorce early this year to help ward off encroachers and persons who excavate and sell materials within its reservation without authority.

Consequently, the GHA has, in line with its regulations, directed a Chinese firm, Liu Gong to remove and relocate a structure it erected within 25 metres within the road reservation at Ahwiankanta without permission.

The Chinese firm has also been directed to submit drawings on a culvert being constructed without the approval of the GHA.

The Chronicle has also gathered that the Akropong police have been informed about cases of encroachment of its road reservations in the area.

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