Some factories and companies located around the Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited (GTFC) were razed down Sunday, February 16, 2020, at around 10pm.
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The demolishing exercise is said to have ended around 12:00am.
According to eyewitnesses, two bulldozers and a team of armed police officers oversaw the destruction of structures and heavy industrial equipment.
Ghanaweb reported that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trade Fair Centre, Dr. Agnes Adu initiated the demolition exercise.
He is alleged to have defied court orders and went ahead with the demolition exercise.
Meanwhile, one of the affected owners, Raymond Archer, who is the CEO of Universal Labels & Packaging Co. Ltd, as well as Colour Planet Limited has expressed shock and disappointment in the action of the GTFC.
He opined that the decision to destroy his business which employs over 120 people was a politically motivated one.
“Four years ago, I was here when officials came that they want to redevelop the Trade Fair so I said okay. I’m a legal tenant and my construction was actually supervised by the Trade Fair. I’ve put in $10 million here…so they started doing a whole lot of things here which made me head to court,” he recalled.
Mr. Archer said demolition of his facility, therefore, came to him as a surprise and is wondering why businesses will be targeted for destruction in the incessant quest to erect another for political reasons.