Government has announced that President Nana Akufo-Addo is footing the costs involved in compensating traders who were operating in front of his Nima residence in Accra.
“. . .President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone to pay these compensations from his personal resources,” a statement signed by Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid said.
His statement was in response to the controversy that came with the eviction of the traders, whose activities have become a security threat to the president.
Last week, there was a backlash on the government following reports that the traders and residents had been given up to Thursday [March 15] to leave the area, contrary to an earlier plan.
However, Mr Hamid stated that: “extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision.”
The statement continued to explain that “the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move and as a result the request was just being met.”
Read the full statement below: