The Managing Director of Trust Logistics Limited (TLL), Mr Henry Van- Hein Sackey, has bemoaned the refusal of encroachers on the company’s 19-acre land to move and allow the place to be developed as an affront for investors to do business with them.
According to him, the company has documentation of ownership, and that plans were far-advanced to fence the land to protect it and enhance security for other potential investors who approach them for business to assist in the government’s 1D1F agenda.
Mr Van-Hein Sackey made this known to the media at a press briefing to throw more light on the challenges they faced in wooing investors due to the presence of encroachers on their land.
Giving a background to the company, the MD stated that Trust Logistics Limited traces its roots back to the old State Transport Corporation which was later divested by government in the year 2000.
He noted that as part of the divestiture it was spilt into two separate legal entities namely VLC Bulk Haulage Limited and Vanef STC.
He revealed that in 2012, SSNIT, the sole shareholder of Trust Logistics Limited, rebranded the company from its original VCL Bulk Haulage to Trust Logistics Limited.
That development, he said, saw the acquisition of 30 brand new trucks to augment the wet and dry cargo businesses and warehousing storage services.
Mr Sackey said sometimes ago, TLL in conjunction with GOIL wanted to put up a lubricating workshop so that all trucks carrying GOIL products will have their lubrication done for them.
“This collaboration never materialised because of the insecure nature of this place,” he lamented.
He said since the year 2013, the encroachers have been served with eviction notices but they have refused to go.
“On the 6th of February, 2018 a stakeholder meeting was held to remind them of the earlier notices on them, they pleaded for an extension of time of which they were given 31st May by our new Lawyer Blay and associate and we had it printed on the premises,” he noted.
He however said, TLL has been able to secure a loan and the construction of the fence wall was bidded and won by the 48 Engineers Regiment who have started the building of the fence wall.
Mr Van-Hein Sackey has appealed to the encroachers to leave the premises peacefully to enable work to commence smoothly.
He hoped that the fencing of the large tracks of land would encourage investors who can build warehouses, factories and the like to create employment for people.
A tour around the premises saw illegal structures such as chop bars, fitting shops, and kiosks scattered all over the land with illegal water and electricity connections.
In an interview with some of the encroachers, they claimed they pay tolls to the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.
However, they couldn’t tell how they came into the company’s premises.
Story: From Na-Illatu IDDRISU, TEMA