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Eviction of Traders at Prez Residence: Nana financing compensation from own pocket-Minister Featured

Written by  Mar 11, 2018
The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, has rubbished claims by traders and artisans who have been asked to vacate the Nima residence of President Akufo-Addo, that they have been treated unfairly. The Minister in a statement said, consultations between the affected persons, Office of the President and National Security were held and compensation packages agreed upon. ‘’It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision. It is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location. Indeed, the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move. Clearly, this request has been met,’’ the statement said. The statement also revealed that the president who did not want the national purse to be burdened, agreed to finance the packages from his own pocket. ‘’In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on. President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone on to pay these compensations from his personal resources,’’ the statement added. He also added in the statement that, some artisans who were not part of the package wrote to the president and requested for compensation to which the president obliged. Traders and shop owners around the private residence of President Nana Akufo-Addo have been given one week to pack out of the area. The traders have been compensated with amounts ranging from GHc 3,000 to GHc 10,000. Operatives from National Security visited the area on Friday and directed the traders to vacate the premises by March 15, 2018. Some of the traders have described the compensation package as woefully inadequate and are demanding for more. Read Below the full statement Government’s attention has been drawn to news items on the media landscape, about the “eviction of traders” in front of the President’s House in Nima, and wish to state as follows: 1.Prior to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo becoming President of the Republic, there was a taxi rank, an artisanal shop and traders operating in front of his house. After being declared winner of the 2016 election, and before the President’s swearing-in on 7th January, 2017, the taxi drivers, on their own volition, moved their operations away from the President’s residence, realizing the implication of their operations for the security and safety of the President. 2.In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on. President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone on to pay these compensations from his personal resources. 3.A group of artisans, describing themselves as “the Junior Masters”, who were not beneficiaries of the initial compensation, in a letter to President Akufo-Addo, dated 25th February, 2018, appealed to the President to be included in the compensation package, a request to which the President has accepted. 4.It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision. It is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location. Indeed, the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move. Clearly, this request has been met. 5.The National Security is continuing with the engagement process, in order to ensure that their movement is done in a manner that accommodates their welfare as citizens of Ghana. ……signed…… Mustapha Abdul-Hamid (PhD) (Minister for Information and Presidential Spokesperson).
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