Residents of Dunkonah, a suburb of Accra, around the West Hills Mall have cited a Chinese Company Sunda International under its subsidiary – Housemart Company Limited – also producers of Kleesoft washing powder, in causing harm to the environment and endangering lives with their production activities.
The inhabitants believe the productions, which have mainly involved the use of some raw and dangerous chemicals at the factory site, have become a matter of grave concern.
They are particularly worried about the use of Caustic Soda which contains sodium in high volumes that could harm humans and the environment.
This, they identified, when not tackled by authorities was likely to explode in their faces in the next couple of months or so.
Already, residents are not able to withstand the unbearable noise emanating from the construction site in the middle of the community during the day and throughout the night.
They have argued that looking at the nature of the factory, it should not be sitting within a residential area like the West Hills and its surrounding areas.
The group led by opinion leaders and other real estate developers, have hinted that they would petition the President Nana Akufo-Addo and Environment Minister, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng to, as a matter of urgency, stop these chinese and their operations.
According to the residents, the Dunkonah area was earmarked for residential purposes and not an industrial or factory zone.
“We understand that Ghana needs investors to invest and create jobs but it doesn’t mean anywhere at all, factories should be cited there. We have industrial areas all over, so why should they come here. this is purely a residential area for domestic purposes,” one topnotch anonymous resident remonstrated.
However, sleuth checks by ModernGhana indicated that the authorised agencies Ga South Municipal Assembly, Environmental Protection Agency, among others under the former government, pampered this time bomb to the extent that they did nothing to stop the Chinese even after several calls and protests.
The residents blamed particularly, the Ga South Municipal Assembly for the low level of diligence on the project since the assembly irresponsibly issued permits to the Chinese investors during a so-called rezoning exercise.
Dunkonah is described variously by the Real Estate industry as “The Future of Accra” the pride of the West and as one of the fastest developing and well planned residential communities at the heart of the capital.
History has it that the entire area was acquired and set aside by SSNIT which invested it into serviced plots strictly for residential habitation in the mid 90s.
Some Real Estate developers, who have already invested huge sums of money, into purely residential developments in the area are alarmed that the area is gradually losing its originally mandated residential plan and purpose with people disinterested in servicing lands.
On the needed action that has to be taken, the residents admonished Ga South Municipal Assembly, who issued building permits to the Chinese to, as a matter of urgency, stop the project.
They said SSNIT, EPA Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA) and the government should also be concerned about this clear and present danger.