Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have renewed their stance that they will reject any plan by government to resettle recent displaced residents of Sodom and Gomorrah on a land which the Institute insists is meant for agricultural research.
Director of the Animal Research Institute of the CSIR Dr. E. K. Adu says the parcel of land which is directly near the Amasaman Sport Stadium is for pasture and livestock research where two breeds of cattle are currently under study and as such the land is “non”-negotiable”, he maintains.
Government has on several occasions made some efforts to build a new settlement for over, 1,000 dwellers of Ghana`s biggest slum of Old Fadama, popularly known as “Sodom and Gomorrah” at Adjen Kotoku.
Gov`t has not been successful on that mission because residents of Adjen Kotoku have secured an injunction against the State for taking over their lands their “private lands” though gov`t has indicated its intention to compulsorily acquire the land to for its intended purpose, even that, has not been successful.
In some years past, residents of Pokuase and its environs who ply the Amasaman Stadium road would have observed that the Ga West Municipal Assembly undertook preparation exercises on some 19.6 acres of land which belongs to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research as the new Yam Market site to resettle the displaced Old Fadama residents.
The current Municipal Chief Executive Hon. Sam Atukwei Quaye has indicated that the new location is a better option for government and he is ready to reserve that land for resettlement purposes.
But the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research which owns the land is kicking against the move. The CSIR says it is undertaking research on the land which will be destroyed if the displaced residents are relocated there.
Dr. Adu said that “A lot of them don’t understand what we are doing” expressing fears that the use of the land for economic activity “will destroy trials”.
He further reiterated that “We don’t need to have people interfere with our work”.
The Municipal Chief Executive however maintained that the CSIR does not have the final say over the land.
According to the MCE, there will be a time when government will consider and take a decision on the Pokuase land, stating that “He [Dr. Adu] would not speak the way he is speaking when that time comes” the MCE stated.