The Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly has abolished the issuance of building permits for temporal structures in unauthorized areas within the twin city. Metropolitan Chief Executive for the STMA, Anthony Kobina Kurentsir Sam made this disclosure at the assemblies 2018 1st Quarter Town Hall Meeting held yesterday at Sekondi.
The MCE explains the decision is motivated by a need to secure spaces for state development within the metropolis. He cautioned residents to rescind attempts at seeking any permit for temporal settlement of structures in the metropolis.
“The assembly has resolved to discontinue the issuance of permits for temporal structures. It would be at your own peril to engage officials at the STMA for permits or favors to erect any temporal structure within the metro”
He intimated that persons who flout this directive, risk having their structures demolished without any compensation.
“When the time comes we [STMA] will collapse them without offering any compensation. We have already made it known to you that government will soon undertake certain projects along those areas”, he mentioned.
The STMA in early parts of this year embarked on a massive decongestion exercise and demolition of unaunthorised structures along the streets of the metropolis. A lump sum of GH 72,567.10 as at February 9, 2018, was expended on allowances for personnel, refreshment and fuel. The exercise according to the Mayor will continue.