Residents living at Dunkunaa, an area initially earmarked for construction of the Hope City project, believe the gods of the area caused the failure of the project.
The Chief Executive Officer of Rlg Communications, Roland Agambire recently announced that the Hope City, a multi-purpose technology park, had been relocated from Dunkunaa to Prampram, citing reasons including comparatively larger land size at Prampram.
However, aggrieved residents of Dunkunaa think the Hope City was a fiasco in Dunkunaa because Rlg Communications, the local partner of the project, incurred the displeasure of the gods when it refused to duly acknowledge the chiefs and elders of the area before the sod-cutting.
In an interview with The Independent, some residents said the new development is regrettable.
While some residents could not fathom why the Rlg Communications relocated the project, others thought the project did not have the “blessings” of the chiefs and elders of Ngleshie Alata, because Rlg Communications refused to consult their traditional leaders as tradition required.
According to them, the Hope City Project would have provided them with job opportunities to the extent that it would have elevated the status of the area to that of an international standard.
One resident who only gave his name as Moses, said Rlg’s reasons were not only unjustified but also showed the depth of lack of pro-activeness and foresight of the company.
A resident, who gave his name as Paul Ankomah, said Rlg had denied the youth of the area, the opportunity to have a feel of ICT village.
He said Hope City would have served as tourist attraction, aside creating jobs for the youth of Dunkunaa.
“We see this as a deceit of the highest order”, a resident remarked.“They raised our hopes high and have now jilted us”, another resident added.
According to Rlg, the relocation was to, among other reasons, satisfy investor interests and to ease the difficulty in the acquisition of more lands for the $10 billion Project.
According to Rlg, Dunkunaa site of 105 acres is too small compared to the over 900-acre space of land at Prampram.
Rlg Communications has said the site at Dunkunaa will still be developed under a different concept being worked on.