Angry residents at Tema Community Two within the BBC neighbourhood have expressed their utter displeasure over the construction activities of Van Uden Ghana Limited, which is into Shipping and Freight forwarding.
Residents say the company is allegedly engaging in an underground garage construction activity. The ongoing activity, they noted, has dire consequences for lives and properties in and around that enclave because of its proximity to the community.
According to them, some houses closer to the construction site are beginning to have cracks from the foundation to the very top, posing a serious danger to the inhabitants there.
In an interview with the Daily Statesman yesterday on the negative impacts of the construction activity on some residents, the Assemblyman of the area, Dela Bruce Hilordzi, stated that the activity of Van Uden Ghana Limited has affected a building belonging to one Michael Yeboah.
Mr Hilordzi revealed that the entire foundation of the said building is almost hanging, causing discomfort to the man, children, and wife. He added that, as a result of the danger the construction activity poses to Michael Yeboah, he has vacated the place for fear of the building collapsing.
The Assemblyman, therefore, bemoaned the manner in which the construction was undertaken without prior notice to people like him.
“I must admit that among all the issues, the house belonging to Michael Yeboah has been badly affected. The firm should have had proper engagement with all individuals within the area before commencing such activity. Lives and properties are in there. It would have been good if a pragmatic measure was employed earlier before now. This could’ve created an avenue where their construction activities wouldn’t put anyone in a state of discomfort,” he lamented.
He, however, stressed that it is not too late for the company to engage all affected individuals in order to make peace with them going forward.
“Any good thing done the wrong way has serious repercussions. I would like to entreat the leadership of the company to expedite matters by ensuring that the needs of affected persons are met. This will ensure that the rancour, bickering, and acrimony that are gradually building up within the vicinity be brought under control,” he noted.
For his part, the site engineer for the project, Daniel Awer, admitted that their operation has indeed affected some people, particularly one building located opposite the construction site.
According to him, it wasn’t a deliberate attempt to forcefully cause any form of discomfort to the people. Consequently, he revealed that “plans are underway to engage all affected persons to ensure that the needful”.
“We are doing everything possible to help to avoid any form of misunderstanding that may arise in the course of our activity at the Tema BBC area. We started by distilling gutters to ensure that it won’t affect residents when the rain sets in.
“However, regarding the building with its foundation almost removed, we intend to take measures to curb the situation. As an engineer, I understand their plight and will work to ensure that the proper thing is done,” he assured.
Meanwhile, some residents who spoke to this paper on anonymity said the operations of the company are causing more harm than good. They revealed that “some people have allegedly been bought over to keep silent on the development that has the tendency to claim lives and property if a proper mechanism isn’t employed within the shortest possible time”.