‘If You Come Back 20 Times, I’ll Move You 30 Times’ – Henry Quartey To Squatters
Greater Accra Regional Minister Henry Quartey took his ‘Let’s Make Accra Work’ initiative to parts of the national capital on Tuesday, 18 March 2021 to undertake a major decongestion exercise which involved the clearing of unauthorised structures dotted in and around the UTC Market on the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue through to the Farisco area along the Graphic Road to the Obetsebi-Lamptey Interchange.
It was organised by the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Ablekuma Central and Korle Klottey Municipal assemblies.
Led by Mr Quartey, Korle Klottey Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Nii Adjei Tawiah and Accra mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the exercise cleared shacks and makeshift containers on the shoulders of the road in the company of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), private waste company Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL).
Also participating in the exercise were staff of companies located within that enclave such the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Rana Motors, Toyota Ghana Limited, Pepsi Cola, CAL Bank, among others.
The exercise, which has taken place in six municipalities so far, will be carried out in all the 29 municipalities of the Greater Accra Region.
Mr Quartey told the media that the decongestion exercise is meant to keep the capital clean and safe for everyone.
“It is not as if we are depriving anyone of his or her wages; the right thing must be done to ensure that the capital is a better place for everyone,” he said, adding: “If they come back 20 times, we will move them 30 times.”
“We are doing all this to revive the lost confidence in the capital when it comes to sanitation and also bring back discipline to the capital,” he stated.