The honourable Member of Parliament for Cape Coast North, Barbara Asher Ayisi has intervened to find a lasting solution to an impasse between authorities of Academy of Christ the King school at Abura in Cape Coast.
Rising tensions between the Obrempong Kojo Ebiradze family claiming ownership to the land on which the school situates and authorities of the school is feared to possibly brew chaos and is a risk to the safety of unsuspecting students and other school staff.
Authorities of the school are battling encroachment and sale of the portions of the school land.
Ebusuapanin Nana Agyei Kotompo of the family claiming ownership to the land speaking to ATL FM News accused the current administration of the school of resorting to arrests and court suits to address the matter despite earlier steps to settle the issue.
He said the inability of government to pay compensation to the family after it reclaimed the land in 1974 is not a reason for the recent tension between the authorities of the school and his family.
“We have not decided to reclaim the land that was given to the school because of the compensation that was not taken. At a point, we decided to negotiate because initially 33 acres out of the 74 of the land taken was used and authorities remained indifferent not telling the family that the rest must not be taken. Some of the family members have sold a lot of the land but we the other members of the family are saying four acres only should be left for us out of the 74 acres since some family members have already built on them”.
A little over a week ago, Nana Agyie Kotompo was invited by the police after he was cited for mobilizing some youth of Abura to destroy some expansion structures at the school. This allegation, he strongly denies.
The Member of Parliament of Cape Coast North, Barbara Asher Ayisi has begun negotiations with both parties, promising to take steps to address the impasse once and for all. At a meeting with authorities at Academy of Christ the King on Tuesday, Mrs Asher Ayisi pledged to resolve the matter.
“I’m here in my capacity as a member of parliament because I’m concerned with what is going on here. I will inform the sector minister and the deputy minister in charge of general education of the current issues here. I have heard from the school and will also engage the family to find a solution the problem. Currently, everything is under control”