By Isaac Newton
NF-(Tema)-The Volta River Authority (VRA) has intensified moves to evict encroachers on its right of way within some communities in Tema Newton, Kpone -Katamanso and its adjoining communities.
This was disclosed during a stakeholders meeting held at the Tema Thermal Power Complex (TTPC) of the Volta River Authority (VRA) on Wednesday.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Tema, Mr Samuel Fletcher Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) of VRA said activities of mechanics, welders and other artisan works under the pylons was dangerous and posses a poses a serious threat to the entire country should there be a blast.
Mr Fletcher further added that the gas pipe line that aids in the supply of electricity supply to the general public for both industrial and domestic purposes could be affected by the constant existence of the encroachers under the pylons and VRA right of way.
He added that the situation has become a National Security issue and needed to be tackled with some sense of urgency adding that the least mistake by the encroachers could spell doom for the entire country which could possibly plunge the nation back to the days of Dumsor.
The VRA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) manager again hinted that it was the responsibility of the various key players in the energy sector to protect lives and properties and to ensure nothing impedes the supply of power for public and commercial consumption.
Mr Fletcher again opined that the sensitization process to have the squatters and mechanics relocate to different places began long ago saying that the compulsory eviction exercise could possibly commence by the first week in May 2022 in Tema Newton and would be subsequently replicated in other communities where such hazardous activities have been identified.
Present at the meeting were heads of the various security services, representatives from the Traditional Authorities, officials from the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) amongst some important dignitaries in the energy sector.
The Ghana News Agency observed that the participants after the meeting visited the identified locations to assess the level of encroachment and to make strategic decisions on how to execute the eviction exercise.