Gideon Tetteh, the head of Concerned Citizens of Tema, has voiced his vehement objection to the reported sale of the Tema Children’s Park to a Chinese business.
He claims that a private developer purchased the playground and library, which have been a part of the community for over 30 years, in order to build a casino.
Speaking on Monday’s Dwaso Nsem morning program on Adom FM, Mr. Tetteh claimed that, based on his findings, the recent Tema Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Nii Annang-La, was responsible for the sale of the state land.
According to him, Nii La demanded in writing that the Tema Development Company (TDC) give a developer’s permission.
According to Mr. Tetteh, the locals would use every lawful tactic, like as a protest, to halt the sale.
However, Ian Okwei, TDC’s Protocol and Administrative Officer, denied having anything to do with the selling of Tema Children’s Park to a foreign corporation in order to construct a casino.
He made it clear that the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) is the owner and manager of the children’s park.
According to the TDC Protocol officer, TMA received the land in 2013 after a request from his organization.
He claims that afterwards, the Assembly subleased the leisure center to a private business called W.B. Impex Limited for an undisclosed reason.
Mr. Okwei stated that TDC has tasked a team to make sure no building is done on the site as a proof of commitment.
Additionally, he guaranteed that Tema Children’s Park would not be the site of a casino proposal.
Mr. Okwei asked the locals to maintain their composure as they work with the appropriate parties to find a solution.