Encroachment Achimota School raises red flag over slum development on land

There is suspicion that Old Fadama residents who were evicted in June may have moved into the bushes behind the school.

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About 700 meters behind Achimota campus is a community popularly called Achimota School Forest.

It appears it’s been there for many years as some of the residents say they have lived here for over 15 years.

With a population of over 500, the residents here are mainly ewes but there are some Akans, Nigerians and even Guineans as well.

 

There are no social amenities here except a public toilet which is situated close to a refuse dump and people live in wooden structures.

 

After living here for so many years, Authorities of Achimota School want them evicted. They want them gone as soon as possible.

play eviction notice on one of the many wooden shelters

 

The question is why now?

 According to a source in the school there has been a rise in criminal activities around the school and they believe the people here are behind it.  There is also the suspicion that Old Fadama residents who were evicted in June may have moved into the bushes behind the school. No school should have a slum growing behind it.

 

Happy Cudjoe lives here with her husband. She recently gave birth. She moved here about three months ago after her father went on pension and had to leave his apartment at Achimota College.  She is aware of the eviction notice served by the Achimota School. “The land is not for me” she said leaning by her structure “so when the owner comes we will know what to do.”

play Happy Cudjoe

 

There are about close to 70 structures here with a population of over 500.

 

Christiana Ankrah also lives with her two children and her parents. She doesn’t plan to move after claiming to live here for 8 years she thinks evicting them is an unfair thin to do.

“We beg the Achimota School to give us time. We need time to work so we can rent a place or buy a land. At this time we can’t move. We have nowhere to go that is why we are here. “

play Christiana Ankra

 

In the past three months many people have migrated to join the settlers, this has heightened the school authorities’ suspicion that the people may have come from Old Fadama.

Pulse News investigations showed that some of the people who moved here about three months ago are from Shiashie and Dzorwulu Ayigbe town.

play Vera Sisi has lived in the area for four years

 

Sisi for instance moved here from Guinean about four years ago. She sells second hand clothes for her up keep. She said people are willing to pay a token so they can keep settling here

“If they hear that message right now each one will pay four hundred thousand.”

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