Landlords and Residents of Adomako Buoho, constituting themselves as Krobo New Site Landlords Association, have petitioned the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to stop the proposed siting of a Quarry by one Mr. Adu Tutu, within the community of over 3,000 residents.
Messrs Kwame Boakye, Henry Dapaah and Miss Mabel Sarpong, Chairman, Vice chairman and Secretary respectively of the Landlords Association, claimed the operation of the proposed quarry would cause havoc to buildings of the fast growing community due to the blasting of dynamite.
The Petitioners accused the District Chief Executive for Afigya Kwabre South of encouraging the siting of the quarry by one Mr. Adu Tutu Gyamfi of Adu2 Quarry and threatened to resist it, and the exploitation of the people at the expense of their livelihood.
Last Wednesday, the residents, led by one Collins Asamoah, staged a demonstration in the community in support of the position of the landlords.
Mr. Asamoah said they would not allow the siting and operation of the intended quarry because it would be hazardous to their health.
According to Mr Asamoah, Mr. Adu Tutu Gyamfi, who happens to be the chairman of the Quarry Association in the district, has no right to operate a quarry in the fast developing community.
Reacting to the allegations, the DCE, Christian Adu Poku explained that the area is an Industrial Zone for which MMDAs have been directed to move encroachers and squatters away.
He said the Quarry Act provides that people stay 500 metres away from the buffer zone.
According to him, Quarry companies operating in the area have Quarry licences from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources through the Lands Commission.
He said the Afigya Kwabre South district Assembly has instituted a Quarry Development fund into which quarry companies in the district contribute funds as their corporate social responsibilities to champion community development for the benefit of the people in the district.
The DCE said the Quarry companies are ready to assist in the relocation of the residents.
When reached on phone, Mr. Adu Tutu Gyamfi declined to comment on the proposed Quarry at Adomako Buoho, claiming the issue could not be discussed on phone.
He, however, proposed a meeting in his office the following day to respond to enquiries, including documentation, licence, permission, rights and claims of ownership of the said quarry concession.
But he has not found it necessary to call last Friday as promised to direct the paper to his office for his reactions, including documentary evidence against claims by residents that he has no concession at the place.