Member of Parliament for Effia, who doubles as a Deputy Minister for Energy, Joseph Cudjoe has emphasized that no monetary compensation was allocated by developer of the Takoradi Mall for evicted artisans at then Tanokrom artisanal enclave.
The legislator who was a mediator at the time these artisans were evicted, clarified that the compensation package offered by the developer; Western Development Consortium, of the mall, was to clear the relocated site at Mampong, extend electricity and water to the site, and as well build a toilet facility for the artisans.
Speaking with Host of the Jolly Breakfast Show, Samuel Kojo Brace this morning, Mr Cudjoe reiterated that it was erroneous for some people to believe that chunks of money was released to city authorities to be disbursed to affected artisans.
“There was no cash compensation that was paid to the artisans. The only compensation they paid was to develop the new site. The investor bought the parcel of land, extended electricity and water to the site freely. That is the compensation he paid to the artisan”, Mr Cudjoe justified.
But Aboagye Boampong, convener for the agitating artisans maintains that the MP cannot exhume himself the failure to seek justice and rights of the artisans.
Hundreds of artisans whom were victims of the eviction that happened some five years ago, stormed the outer streets of the construction site of the Takoradi Shopping Mall, yesterday to demand their compensation and other entitlement. They have thus sworn to proceed to the presidency with their demonstration should authorities fail to provide any positive feedback.
Story: Abraham Mensah/Skyy News