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C/R: Residents protest over designated isolation centre in Odukpong Ofaakor

The Chiefs and people of Odukpong Ofaakor have threatened more demonstrations if Authorities do not rescind their decision to use the Odukpong Ofaakor Senior High School as an isolation centre in the region.

The Awutu Senya East Municipality has designated the Ofaakor Senior High School as an isolation centre for persons with COVID-19 in the region.

But according to the residents, they are not in support of the move.

On Wednesday evening, some demonstrators who gathered at the Odukpong Senior High School said they were going to protest until authorities rescind the decision.

“The church of Pentecost has given about 250,000 acres of land to the government to be used as an isolation centre for persons with COVID-19 and so I don’t know why they are bent on using this facility as a centre since this facility is located inside a community,” Dr. Kofi Akotia Obeng, the spokesperson for the Odukpong Ofaakor Traditional Council told Accra based Citi FM.

According to the protestors, Authorities at the Awutu Senya East Municipality did not inform residents before taking the decision.

“If anything at all the Municipal Chief Executive, the Municipal Director of Education and all those involved should have made us aware of their decision. But they failed to do so and all that we heard was that Policemen had come to the school with mattresses and were going to use the school as an isolation centre but our people are saying they are not going to agree.”

“This land belongs to Nai Odukpong Awushie Tetteh II and so we must be aware of any decision that is taking place on our land. As the chairman to the board of governor’s to the school, I was not informed and it doesn’t work like that. So we saying that Odukpong land belongs to Odukpong people and the Odukpong people led by Nai Odukpong Awushie Tetteh II are saying that they don’t agree,” Dr. Obeng noted.

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