Tema, Dec 3, GNA - Some residents of Kaiser
Flats at Tema Community Four are enraged about the intentions of the TDC
Development Company Limited to relocate them to the Kpone Affordable housing
According to the residents, they received notices from the TDC on November 26th, 2018 informing them of the relocation and vacation of their flats by December 23, this year.
Some of the residents told the media that TDC could not evict them, from the flats within such a short period adding that â€śwe are not squatters, we are currently legal residents of Kaiser flatsâ€ť.
One of the residents noted that they paid ground rent to the TDC in addition to their 80 years lease questioning the legitimacy of TDCâ€™s plans to relocate them to the Kpone Affordable Housing.
He added that â€śthat place is not habitable, it is not a place human beings should stay now, even though itâ€™s a nice placeâ€ť adding that no commercial vehicles plied the area from Kpone.
He added that the Kpone flats were smaller than their current residence as according to him, they occupied a three bedroom flat and TDC wanted to relocate them into one bedroom and two bedroom flats.
He also explained that relocating to that place meant he needed to change his childrenâ€™s schools and he would always report to work late through no fault of his.
He suggested that the plot where the dilapidated structures were demolished should be used by TDC to construct befitting apartments for them instead of moving them to Kpone.
A female resident on her part wondered, â€śHow can TDC ask us to vacate the place within three weeksâ€ť adding that â€śhow can they get up and write to a legal person that they, have given mandate to be a landlord, that they should relocate in less than three weeks, how can that be done, what is happening in Ghana, can they do that to others in the other communitiesâ€ť?
Mr Richard Aning, Assembly Member for the Horticulture Electoral Area, expressed surprise at the TDCâ€™s move noting that he asked the TDC whether they had plans to demolish the flats in question, when they were bringing down the four dilapidated ones, but did not received an affirmative answer from them.
Mr Aning added that TDC must relook the intended relocation as most of the residents still had about 60 years to reside at the place.
Reacting to the residentsâ€™ concerns, Mr Ian Okwei, Protocol and Administrative Officer of TDC, said the relocation was not compulsory as his outfit was prepared to renegotiate with the residents.
Mr Okwei said the flats were valued and the compensation amount put in the notices adding those who did not want to relocate to the Kpone Affordable Housing could be engaged to receive their compensations.
He explained that the short notice was to prevent any disaster as the 48 Engineers did a structural test on the flats and indicated that they could collapse at any time therefore the need to act fast.