LaDMA Warns Encroachers On Kpeshie Lagoon

By John N. Doku (Municipal Information Officer)

Developers who are reclaiming parts of the Kpeshie Lagoon for development have been advised to cease their operations on the lagoon enclave and vacate the area in their own interest.

Honourable Gladys Tsotsoo Mann-Dedey, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly sounded this warning when she led the Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC) to inspect the site.

The MCE stated that the Kpeshie lagoon remains the property of the Government of Ghana and called on developers to keep off the area and get back their money from those who sold the land for them.

“We are warning all and sundry who has acquired land on the Kpeshie Lagoon enclave to go for their monies from whomever they bought it from. This is a water body which belongs to the Government of Ghana and therefore cannot be sold. If you have bought a land here, go back for your money,” she warned.

The lagoon is noted for its serene atmosphere and served as a major source of economic activities for the people of La and its neighbouring towns. It also serves as a breeding ground for endangered species of birds.

The warning came when the Municipal Security Committee comprising the police, military, fire service and the Assembly’s task force were accompanied by NADMO officials and technocrats of the Assembly to pay a visit to the catchment area of the Kpeshie Lagoon to inspect and have first-hand information on the extent of damage caused to the lagoon.

The MCE urged developers who have built within the catchment area to produce building permits whilst identifying the individuals who claimed the land for sale to them.

The Assembly has on several occasions served warning notices to the developers and individuals claiming the land but they continuously flaunt such warnings and often chased out officials who went to inspect the site.