Kaiser flats residents not happy with TDC over relocation

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
flats.

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 “we
are not squatters, we are currently legal residents of Kaiser flats”.

One of the residents noted that they paid
ground rent to the TDC in addition to their 80 years lease questioning the
legitimacy of TDC’s plans to relocate them to the Kpone Affordable Housing.

He added that “that place is not habitable, it
is not a place human beings should stay now, even though it’s a nice place”
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 children’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, “How
can TDC ask us to vacate the place within three weeks” adding that “how 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
communities”?

Mr Richard Aning, Assembly Member for the
Horticulture Electoral Area, expressed surprise at the TDC’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 residents’ 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.

GNA

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