A community school at Tema Community 24, Peadico International is on the verge of being closed due to land litigation among interested parties.
Ms. Peace Shalom Negble, the Proprietor of the School at a press conference in Tema said the school was at the risk of losing all its 18 plots acquired through the Ashaiman Traditional Council under the leadership of the late Nii Tetteh Amui II in 2004.
She added that the school started under a tree but due to the increase in enrolment, a pre-school to the Junior High School level had been built temporally to serve the community of its educational needs.
According to Ms. Negble who is also the CEO of Peadico Enterprise, producers of Peace Ointment said the Tema Traditional Council under the late Nii Adjei Kraku II, regularised the land on May 12, 2012, and requested she applied for land regularization with the TDC Development Company which had not been completed.
She added that the student population which was over 200 had reduced to 36 due to the land issues, adding that last year’s pupils were not able to write the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) due to the problem.
Meanwhile the TDC Development Company Limited (TDC) has cautioned prospective land buyers not to purchase land within its acquisition area without first conducting a search with the company.
The TDC is the custodian of land which covers parts of the Krowor Constituency through Tema West, Tema Metro, Ashaiman, Kpone-Katamanso, and Afienya in the Ningo-Prampram District.
Mr Ian Okwei, TDC Protocol and Administrative Manager gave the caution during an interaction with the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office recently.
Mr Okwei advised prospective land developers to conduct a search with TDC which is the only authority with the master plan for the acquisition areas.
“This is the only way to ensure due diligence in the process of the acquisition and prevent double sale of such lands,” Mr Okwei noted.
He explained that even though some lands were released to the traditional councils within the acquisition areas, which they might allocate to prospective buyers, they could not issue leases to such buyers adding that the traditional councils were expected to issue a letter to those they allocated lands to for TDC to carry out the documentation.
“The Traditional Council will give a letter to the buyer to be presented to the TDC, meaning, they have given authority for it to be leased. We don’t want double selling,” he said.
He urged persons who might have acquired such lands to contact the TDC outfit for regularization.
On granting permission within the area, he indicated that TDC as part of its mandate issued a permit for development until the Local Government Act placed permission under the district assemblies.
He, however, stated that currently, TDC was in charge of checking developments in its acquisition area to ensure that they conformed to the master layout for the various areas before the Assemblies would be given the green light to issue the needed development permit.
Mr. Okwei said issuing permits without recourse to TDC had led to people building on waterways, and roads among others, and there was the need for the task force of TDC and the Assemblies to do joint inspections to ensure that developers adhere to the laws rather than bypassing the company to issue permits.