Unblemished Information the Ghanaian Voice has gathered indicates that the Ga West Municipal Assembly and the Chiefs of Manhean in the Ga West Municipality have connived to block and sale the Nsaki River to a business tycoon, Godfred Siaw to construct a fuel station.
Checks also indicated that in May 2019, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) together with the Amasaman District Police Commander, Superintendent Frederick Mensah stopped Mr. Siaw who was working day and night to cover the river.
A source closed to the Ghanaian Voice alleged that the business tycoon, Mr. Siaw has bribed some four members of the Manhean Kingmakers’ Council with about 10,400 Ghana Cedis each to allow him to continue with the project.
The source mentions the Chairman of the Kingmakers’ Council, Nii Laryea Quartey, the Secretary, Nii Oku Quarpome, the Chief of Bosuafise, Nii Odametey I, who is also the Acting Head of Nii Anum Family of Manhean and Solomon Adjiri Quarpome, Head of Quarpome Datree Royal Family who were behind the alleged sale of the Nsaki River for fuel station in the area.
In an interview with our reporter at Manhean, some of the residents who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of attack said, when they confronted Mr. Siaw over the covering of the river, he (Mr. Siaw) told them the Kingmakers’ Council had already taken huge amount of money from him to continue with his project.
The residents further revealed that the businessman surrounds himself with some landguards who visit the site with him to supervise the filling of Nsaki River with hundred trucks of sand and garbages for his intended fuel station.
Godfred Siaw further mentioned one Sulemana Armah Tagoe also known as “Sule Libya” who parades himself as the caretaker of Manhean Dromonaa, a suburb of Manhean, and Nii Okine Addy popularly called Alhaji Mensah as landguards who has been terrorising residents of the area.
The residents also alleged that Mr. Siaw also has government officials who are backing him to carry out with the scandalous activities, hence the reason NADMO and Police could not stop him.
The residents of Manhean expressed their disappointment in the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, and the Ga West Municipal Assembly for allowing Mr. Siaw to carry on with the project by filling the Nsaki River with sand and garbage to enable him construct the fuel station and a washing bay.
“How can an institution like EPA and the Ga West Municipal Assembly allow the blocked of a river for the construction of a fuel station knowing the danger to the community, especially the severe flooding in case of a heavy rain”. they lamented.
“……already the residents around Manhean, Oduman, Nsakina and its environs are floods prone areas whenever it rains heavily due to industrial plastic and garbage been emptied into the river by other adjoining drains into the river”, the people of Manhean cried out.
Adding, they stressed that, “…..only God knows what will happen to us (residents) if Godfred Siaw succeeds in blocking the river to construct his fuel station and the washing bay”.
To this effect, the residents are in a state of fear and panic as they made references to the June 3, 2015 disaster around Kwame Krumah Interchange, because they are already living in a flood prone area.
All effort to reach the EPA and the Ga West Municipal Chief Executive Officer, Clement Nii Lamptey Wilkinson proved futile, whilst the business tycoon, Godfred Siaw also declined to speak to our reporter on the allegations.
By: Ghanaian Voice