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Ga Traditional Council: Halt Building Of hostel For “Kayayei


The Ga traditional council has urged an immediate halt to the construction of the so-called “kayayei,” or head porters’ hostel, at Agbogbloshie in the Greater Accra Region.

The building of the facility, according to the council, is an insult to the Ga people, who are the true proprietors of the aforementioned land. In a previous statement, it had demanded that the project be put on hold and that the area be used for the Ga people’s benefit.

The Ga Mantse and president of the council, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, signed and released a statement in which he expressed his concern over the ongoing building work being done on the alleged hostel facility without his organization’s authorization.

It claimed that nobody had been in touch with the council or held prior negotiations with them regarding this project or any other project at Agbogbloshie.

“The council members unanimously resolved to oppose this project and condemn same as not being in the interest of the Ga state,” the statement said.

“The Ga Mantse (overlord of the Ga state) and president of the Ga traditional council, His Royal Majesty King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, is hereby authorised and empowered on behalf of the Ga Traditional Council and the people of the Ga state to issue a strongly worded statement to the people involved that they should cease construction forthwith,” it added.

The council said, under no circumstances should such a project proceed on the land at Agbogbloshie to the “prejudice of the Gas”, adding that the 40 acres of prime land waswereomised to the Ga state for the construction of a very needed facility.

It urged any person or group that wished to proceed with such a project of building a hostel facility for “Kayayei” to seek a new site outside the city.

“The Ga traditional council, under the leadership of its president, Ga Mantse, and the people of the Ga state, remain vehemently opposed to this project,” it added.

Richard Obeng Bediako ll ll Ghana