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Gov’t Explains Relocation of Shops Around Prez Residence

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Government has explained that it undertook extensive consultations between the Office of the President, National Security and the traders and artisans around the residence of President Nana Akufo-Addo before the implementation of a decision to have them relocated.

Government has explained that it undertook extensive consultations between the Office of the President, National Security and the traders and artisans around the residence of President Nana Akufo-Addo before the implementation of a decision to have them relocated.

 

According to government, it is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location.

According to a statement signed by the Minister for Information and Presidential Spokesperson, Mustapha Hamid, “the National Security is continuing with the engagement process, in order to ensure that their movement is done in a manner that accommodates their welfare as citizens of Ghana.”

The statement explained further that prior to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo becoming President of Ghana, there used to be a taxi rank, an artisanal shop and traders operating in front of his house.

However, after being declared winner of the 2016 election, and before the President’s swearing-in on January 7, 2017, the taxi drivers, on their own volition, moved their operations away from the President’s residence, realizing the implication of their operations for the security and safety of the President.

“In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on,” the statement read.

The information Minister added that the President, in order to ensure that the national purse was not burdened in terms of compensating the affected persons, paid the compensations from his personal resources.

The statement continued that a group of artisans, describing themselves as ‘the Junior Masters,’  who were not beneficiaries of the initial compensation, in a letter to President Akufo-Addo, dated February 25, 2018, appealed to him to be included in the compensation package, a request to which the President has accepted.

“The National Security is continuing with the engagement process, in order to ensure that their movement is done in a manner that accommodates their welfare as citizens of Ghana,” the statement concluded.