TDC Ghana Limited (TDC) has asserted that open lands within its acquisition area in Tema Community 25 are government lands designated for purposes other than recreation.
Mr. Ian Tabalor Okwei, TDC's Protocol and Administrative Officer, addressed concerns raised by some residents attempting to block the development of these lands, claiming them for recreational use.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Okwei clarified that when TDC develops a community, specific portions of the land are earmarked for future development, allocation to statutory bodies, and individual development based on demand.
He emphasized that not all open spaces in the TDC acquisition area are left unused, as the company plans all its lands.
Therefore, no community can assert a claim over any area solely because it has been utilized for recreational purposes like football parks for an extended period.
Mr Okwei explained that during the development of the Community 25 area, TDC allocated land to the Ghana Police Service, with relevant documents and proposals handed over, although the service had yet to fulfil financial requirements.
He clarified that the land adjacent to the police station, though undeveloped, had not been assigned to any group of residents for their activities.
Thus, making such a claim was illegal, as TDC deals with each resident individually.
Highlighting that fallow lands are duly allocated to individuals for future development, Mr. Okwei emphasized that these lands do not automatically become community property.
Despite their naming and use of the park for activities, it does not negate the Police Command's right to develop it when needed.