Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Junior has taken a swipe at government in the manner in which shop owners around the Nima residence of the President are being treated.
To ensure maximum security for the President, traders around his Nima residence are being evicted.
The traders who have been operating around the President’s private residence for over twenty years have been given March 15 deadline to relocate after purportedly receiving different compensation packages.
Speaking on Radio Gold current affairs program, Alhaji and Alhaji, Mr. Pratt said “the President should move to the Flagstaff House which was built by an NPP government.”
According to him, the Flagstaff House “has all the security features” needed to protect the President noting, “we have to move him there rather than inconvenience the whole population around him.”
He argued that the matter of compensation should not arise because the President should not be staying in his private residence.
He emphasized the need for the President to move to a place where his security will be assured.
Kwesi Pratt said: “If for nothing at all proper negotiations should take place with regards to negotiations taken into account how much they (traders) earn, per month or day and other inconveniences. The arbitrariness in the determination of the compensation is unacceptable.”
But a statement signed by the Minister for Information and Presidential spokesperson, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said that Akufo-Addo personally paid compensation packages from his own resources to some of the traders and artisans after National Security had concluded negotiations with them.
By: Kojo Hadjor/