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Allegations surface against Akuapem South MCE for illegally selling railway metals

February 19, 2024
Allegations surface against Akuapem South MCE for illegally selling railway metals

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for , Frank Aido, has come under scrutiny for his alleged involvement in the unauthorized cutting and sale of railway metals to scrap dealers, fetching an estimated GH¢ 300,000.00.

Reports suggest that this activity has been carried out clandestinely, without the knowledge of the Railway Authority, raising concerns about transparency and proper authorization.

Approximately 10 tipper trucks loaded with railway materials were reportedly relocated to an undisclosed destination in the MCE's latest transaction with scrap dealers. The incident on February 14, 2024, saw railway metals being removed at Parkro in the Akuapem South Constituency, sourced originally from Mangoase village in the .

Upon discovery of the unauthorized removal by community members, the residents of Parkro intervened, halting further movement of the materials and engaging with the community's Youth Leader. It was determined that consultation with the MCE, Honorable Frank Aido, was necessary before any further action could be taken.

Subsequently, purported authorization from the MCE allowed the removal of the materials to proceed, reportedly aligned with directives from the Railway Authority. Despite attempts by local authorities, including the police service, to intervene and halt the activities, directives allegedly issued by the MCE prevented any intervention, allowing the dealer to continue cutting and removing railway metals along a stretch exceeding 5 kilometres.

The extensive removal of railway metals has transformed the area significantly, raising questions about the proper authorization, transparency, and adherence to regulatory procedures governing such activities.

Residents are calling for urgent investigation and clarification from relevant authorities to address these grievances and ensure compliance with established guidelines, safeguarding community interests and resources.

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