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Staff quarters to be built on CMB/Abuja market land—Minister

Former Second Deputy Minister and Minister for Railways Development, Joe Gartey has revealed to Parliament the reclaimed land from squatters at CMB/Abuja Market would be used to build living quarters to house staff of the Ghana Railways Company Limited. 

According to the Ministers it was reported in the media that squatters occupying portions of the Railway Land  were evicted on Sunday 4th February 2018 after the expiration of due notice. 

In 2003 GRCL granted a lease to Geofort Limited covering the railways staff quarters which was in a total disrepair and uninhabited as a result. Geofort Limited came out with a development plan to give the area a face-lift and open it into a business/shopping facility.

Management of Ghana Railways Company Limited viewed it as a welcome engagement and agreed to the lease he said. 

The Minister made this known on the floor of the House when Dr Zanetor Rawlings wanted to know plans by the Ministry on the land on which the CMB/Abuja market is situated.  

He further revealed that, in 2015 Geofort Limited initiated a legal action to evict squatters for work to start, GRCL asked to be joined in the suit when they heard about it. This move was to ensure that Geofort honored the terms of the agreement with Ghana Railway Company Limited, to rebuild the staff quarters elsewhere.  

“Mr. Speaker, after some delay, GRCL showed Geofort Ltd site on which staff quarters to be build, in 2017 Geofort Limited obtained a consent letter from Ghana Railways Development Authority, to present to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) before commencing with the development”.
It was at this point that the demolishing and eviction of the squatters of the proposed site for rebuilding the railways staff quarters was done. The consent did not relate to the existing site where the dilapidated staff quarters was sited and over which there is a legal suit, he said. 

“Mr. Speaker, depending on the outcome of the suit, Geofort Limited could commence the process of demolishing the dilapidated staff quarters and developing the site into a modern living area”.  

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ 

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