STMA Impounds Trucks for Conveying Unauthorized Gravel Material
by STMA / May 16th, 2024 /
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Management of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has impounded four (4) trucks for conveying gravel material from an unauthorized excavation site at Butumagyebu (BU, close to the Adiembra Senior High School), contrary to the Assembly’s Bye-law on “Excavation of Gravel, Stone and Sand, 2017”. The arrest follows a tipoff from a resident on the activities of a contractor illegally excavating and conveying gravel materials from the area. The Assembly’s taskforce, reaching the site, ordered the contractor to stop work and impounded the trucks for further investigations. The Metropolitan Chief Executive, Hon. Abdul-Mumin Issah, together with a team of officers from the Assembly, visited the site to inspect the extent of excavation works done within the area.

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The Hon. Metro Chief Executive in an interview reemphasized his resolve not to permit the execution and hauling of gravel materials from any site that will end up damaging the arterial asphalted roads within the communities. “As city authorities, we cannot sit aloof and watch some few individuals who have taken the laws into their hands by way of saying they have won a contract to supply laterite, the due process must be followed”, he said. Hon. Issah further noted that the Assembly, in recent times, has overserved with grave concern the rampant unauthorized excavation of gravel, stones and sand in the Metropolis. He stated that Assembly suspects clandestine collaboration among some traditional leaders, landowners, developers and officials of the Assembly (staff and members) for these unapproved excavations. He, therefore, entreats the general public to report any suspected unauthorized excavation works (including conveyance of gravels) in any part of the Metropolis for appropriate action.

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He finally indicated that the Assembly is not oblivious to the need for gravel materials for the construction sector in the Metropolis, and open for formal conversation with any authorized individual or organization for engineered or controlled excavation works within a specified area and approved route for conveyance to minimize the destruction of vegetations and roads in the Metropolis.



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