Sodom and Gomorrah demolition Local Gov't Minister summoned before Parliament

Dominic Nitiwul said the demolition exercise poses a threat to national security and must be addressed.

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Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Collins Dauda, is set to appear before Parliament over the recent demolition of structures at Accra's Old Fadama, that displaced thousands of people.

Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, said the summon has been occasioned by the subsequent protest that was occasioned by the demolition which went as far as to the parliament house.

The  Bimbilla MP said the demolition exercise poses a threat to national security and must be addressed.

Other members supported his call, compelling the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho to summon the minister  before the House to offer an explanation. It is unclear yet when he will appear before the house but it is most likely to be this week.

Victims of last Saturday’s Sodom and Gomorrah demolition exercise took to the streets Monday morning to demonstrate against the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA).

Hundreds of displaced residents clashed with police Monday as they illegally embarked on a demonstration to the State House demanding compensation and temporary shelter for their demolished structures.

According to reports, the groups picketed at various spots including the Parliament House, State House, AMA office and the Agbogbloshie Market.

The demonstrators numbering about 300 entered the State House to draw the attention of the President to their plight as a result of the demolition which has left them homeless.

Another group, numbering about 1000 blocked the roads leading to the Agbogbloshie Market with burning tyres.

The Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) last Saturday demolished hundreds of structures at Sodom and Gomorrah, rendering scores of people homeless.

A taskforce from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, with support from the security services are expected to take earth moving equipment to the area to demolish structures which for years have served as homes for thousands of migrants mostly from the Northern Region.

The threat to demolish follows the June 3 twin flood and fire disaster which claimed about 159 lives.

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