PSWU supports demolition of illegal structures on Atomic Energy land

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Accra, Feb. 16, GNA – The Greater Accra branch of Public Service Workers Union (PSWU),  on Wednesday said it supports the recent demolition of  illegal structures on the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) landed property.

The PSWU condemned  the arrest of some 36 workers of the GAEC for allegedly causing unlawful damage to properties belonging to Chinese Anaina International Company Limited on Monday January 23, 2012.

A  statement signed by Mr Benjamin Sam, branch Chairman, and Mr Seth Nii Dodoo Darko branch Secretary, copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, appealed to Government and management of the  Commission “to take decisive measures to clear all those who have illegally encroached the Atomic Energy lands.”

It said workers of the GAEC were entitled to defend their entrusted property, and prevent any unlawful entry into their defined lands as contained in Executive Instruments (EI 75) State Lands – Accra Kwabenya site for the Atomic Energy Commission, Instrument 1963.

The statement said: “the Union also finds it strange to believe that state land purposely acquired for atomic energy facilities could be encroached by individuals and private entities for the construction of shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and residence against public interest.”

The PSWU said it would not sit down unconcerned for any group, local or foreign, to impede the proper and smooth functioning of any public institution, and reaffirmed  its support for the Commission’s management and the entire staff  for the action taken.

The statement cautioned members of the public that it was dangerous for anyone to live around the Atomic Energy restricted zones, not to mention health implications in case of disaster and other chemical and radioactive emissions as a result of  activities of the Commission.

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