Accra Minister Applies Brake On Ramsar Site Demolition

Accra Minister Applies Brake On Ramsar Site Demolition
Mr Henry Quartey



The Greater Accra Regional Security Council has put the demolition of unlawful structures within the core enclave of the Sakumo Ramsar site on hold. This follows the demolition of fence walls in the core zones of the site last month. However, the Council has decided to rescind its decision after a team was tasked to take an


inventory of the number of houses illegally constructed on the Sakumo Ramsar site to allow for the second phase of the demolition. Speakimg at a stakeholder engagement on Sunday, the regional minister, Henry Quartey disclosed that measures have rather been put in place to get the structures regularised.



According to the minister, “I want to say here and now that not a single building will be demolished,” he said to some applause. “We will go through some processes of discussions, and we will have this kind of meeting again in about three weeks’ time by which time we would have had a clear road map. The Sakumor Ramsar



site has been faced with encroachment over the years, causing flooding at the slightest downpour at Ashaiman, Tema and other adjoining areas. The site comprises a coastal brackish-saline lagoon and the surrounding floodplains, freshwater marsh, coastal savannah grasslands with thicket vegetation, and a narrow sand-dune connection to the sea.