Mempeasem Locals Unite Against Developer And Landlord Over Fuel Station Location
Tension is mounting at Mempeasem in the Assin Fosu Municipality of the Central Region as locals unite and have vowed to halt the erection of a filling station. According to the leader of the agitators, Mrs. Grace Andoh, the location of the project not only poses a risk to their homes, which are about 10 meters away, but it also blocks road access to institutions such as the health clinic, school, and churches serving the community.
“No notice was served to those of us living here that such a project would be mounted.” We woke up one day and realized there was a project ongoing. She told Rich FM and Angel FM reporter Kwame Owusu-Asante Shadrack.
“We can not just sit down and wait for him to set this death trap here.” We will resist with all our might. “I will proceed to court if the MCE fails to heed our cry,” she lamented.
Some of the irate residents also bemoaned the location of the filling station, saying it was supposed to be built on the outskirts of the town and not in the heart of the town. What happened at Circle in June 2015 is still fresh in our minds and we cannot allow this to take place here. They sobbed and lamented.
Meanwhile, the Assembly member for the area, Mr. Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, says though the developer has a permit from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and Environmental Protection Agency(NPA), including fire service, the Municipal Assembly, led by the MCE, Mr. Nicholas Fiifi Baakoh, has had a meeting about the issue to employ ways to address the cries of the residents and also measures to protect the lives of the properties. He, therefore, appealed to them to exercise restraint.
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Source: Kwame Owusu, Asante Shadrack, Rich FM, and Assin Fosu