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Regional News Tue, 11 Mar 2008

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Police avert clash on Kumasi Girls Senior High School land

Kumasi, March 11, GNA - The timely intervention of the police at Suame averted a clash between some trespassers on Kumasi Girls Senior High School land and workers of a construction firm putting-up a fence wall around the school.

Some private estate developers who were illegally working on the school land prevented workers of the firm from constructing the fence-wall.

Mrs Doris Bimpong, an Assistant Headmistress of the school in-charge of Academics Affairs, who led newsmen to inspect the project on Monday, expressed concern about the alarming rate at which the school land was being encroached upon.

Mr Benjamin Aning Antwi, head of the Science Department, said 15 hectares of 104 hectares of school land had been trespassed. Mr Ofori Kuragu, Managing Director of J.K. Otchere Construction Company, working on the project, said about 80 percent of work was completed.

He said on March 7 this year while workers were busily working on the project, an angry mob threatened them and asked them to stop working on the fence-wall.

Mr Kuragu said the school authorities reported the case to the police at Suame who immediately intervened.

He gave the assurance that the project would be completed within four weeks if the workers were offered adequate protection and security. Mr. E A Owusu-Ansah, the Ashanti Regional Minister and Mrs Belinda Serwaa Addo, the Regional Director of Education have visited the school and inspected the project.

Source: GNA

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