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Illegal Structures On CSIR Lands Demolished

Illegal Structures raised on the remaining 200 acres of land belonging to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Animal Research Institute (CSIR-ARI) have been dismantled by the Adentan Municipal Assembly.

This comes after the 48-hour ultimatum to encroachers on the land elapsed.

On June 20, 2022, the Accra Regional Security Council issued a 48-hour Ultimatum to encroachers on the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Animal Research Institute (CSIR-ARI)’s lands at Frafraha in the Adentan Municipality.

It was reported that the heavy encroachment on the lands results from the sale of portions of the initially over one thousand acre land to unsuspecting Ghanaians by “unscrupulous persons”.

According to REGSEC, the encroachment was, despite the government’s compensation to the original owners of the land when it secured it to establish the research centre.

It recounted that efforts to evacuate the encroachers since 2014 had proved futile leading to the construction of a wall to demarcate the remaining 200 acres portions left to the Research centre in 2017.

“In an attempt to stop further encroachment, CSIR-ARI in 2017, acquired a loan to fence off the 200-acre portion of the land”, REGSEC said but added that “large portions of the fence have been broken down by encroachers who have moved into these previously fenced areas to put up single rooms, foundations of houses and walling to demarcate plots for themselves.

“Land guards have broken down portions of the piggery infrastructure, destroyed four cattle kraals and foundations for buildings have been erected to replace them. Land guards have built walls and single rooms in front of the Hatchery, Meat processing House and Dairy processing unit blocking access to these facilities by vehicles. Some ongoing experiments have been destroyed by the land guards which includes some donor-sponsored ones”, it reported.

The REGSEC noted that none of those with developed structures on the premise of CSIR-ARI has a building permit.

As a result, in accordance with the Land Use and Spatial Planning Act, 2016 (Act 925) in Section 121, and the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936) in section 97, the Adentan Municipal Assembly announced that anyone found loitering on the remaining 200-acre land would be dealt with after the 48 hours Ultimatum elapses.

Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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