McDan And Wife Again!
alleged state land grabbing spree ongoing along a water way at East Legon in Accra by businessman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the McDan Group of Companies, Daniel NiiMcKorley, popularly called McDan, and his wife, Roberta Huppenbaeur.
This is after the area in question, located around the Monrovia Road at Shiashie, East Legon, was rezoned as a residential plot and allocated to certain private individuals with impunity.
The unlawful development, according to the petitioner, Nana Osei Kyeretwie Prempeh, is happening with the tacit support of the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly and its officials, led by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE),Sandra Owusu-Ahenkorah, as several calls to the police to stop the illegal act have yielded no result.
According to the petition, dated April 3, 2023, and sighted by The Anchor, “The unlawful and illegal acts are ostensibly being done because I am aware that the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly has rezoned the reservation area as a residential plot in response to a noted proposal by Madam Roberta Huppenbaeur to the Lands Commission to acquire the said reservation.”
Nana Prempeh is worried that the decision to rezone the said reservation land and allocate it to private individuals, if not halted, may result in many residences at Shiashie and its environs being flooded when it rains, since the rainy season is about to start.
The petitioner, who identified himself as the owner of a parcel of land around the East Legon Residential Area, indicated that McDan and his wife have continuously been trying to interfere with the reservation for the stream in the enclave and that, on March 28, 2023, some unknown men brought an excavator to the site and diverted the stream by unlawfully constructing culverts to create access route to the reservation behind his land.
The petition, which was also copied to the Regional Minister, the Executive Secretary of Water Resources Commission, the Director of Lands Use and Spatial Planning Authority, the Director of Hydrological Services Department, as well as Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency, said, “The diversion of the stream and construction works going on violate the Water Resources Commission Act 1996 (Act 522).”
Nana Prempeh also alleges that he has witnessed several acts of interference and trespass by associates and assigns of Madam Roberta Huppenbaeur and her husband, Daniel McKorley, regarding his parcel of land and that of other neighbours in the vicinity.
“Madam Roberta Huppenbaeur and Daniel McKorley and their associates and assigns have unlawfully entered my land and the lands of my neighbours as well as the reservation for the stream that runs behind my land and that of my neighbours. Their associates and assigns have interfered with our property rights and environmental rights in a threatening manner several times despite being forbidden on numerous occasions,” he said.
Nana Prempeh has therefore called on the Minister of Works and Housing to swiftly intervene in the matter by halting the unlawful conduct being allegedly perpetrated by Madam Roberta Huppenbaeur, wife of McDan, and her accomplices in the area to preserve the peace and tranquility being enjoyed by the Shiashie community at East Legon, Accra.