Tema Oct. 31, GNA - Shop Owners of the Ashaiman Timber Market say they will resist all attempts to demolish their machines shops sited in an area recently re designated as part of the Tema Akosombo railway.
“We feel cheated; we feel we are not consulted, that is why we say we will resist any effort to demolish part of the market, because if it happens it will affect business. About five thousand of us will no more have jobs to do,” Mr Anthony Partey Asare, Chairman, Ashaiman Timber Market, said.
Mr. Asare was speaking to the Media at the Ashaiman Timber Market during a sit down strike to register their displeasure about the decision by the railway authorities to construct dual carriage railway through the market.
The protest, which took the form of a sit down strike, had the cargo drivers and wood dealers, wearing red bands and refusing to attend to customers who had come to buy wood products.
According to Mr. Asare, “We were not against the construction of the railways. It is a national project, but we are against the way they are handling issues.”
He said, the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) allocated the lands to them on November 6, 1990 which was measuring 8.52 acres.
“We informed TDC of the situation and they told us about a company that was about to construct a rail through the area.