Stop All Developers From Building On Waterways - Asenso-Boakye To MMDAs
Minister for the Works and Housing Asenso Boakye is urging Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies MMDAs to enforce the by laws that will prevent private developers from building on waterways and speaking to journalists after wrapping up a three day working visit to the Ashanti Region, Mr. Asenso Boakye called on all the Assemblies to be resolute in carrying out their mandate.
This indiscriminate, the irresponsible dumping of solid waste into our drainage channels must stop. I believe that it is a shared responsibility when it comes to flood mitigation. The citizenry has a role to play, development, building on watercourses, waterways, and the streams must be stopped. I want to take this opportunity to urge the District Assemblies who are involved to make sure
that they enforce strictly planning laws to the letter and whenever they realize that any developer has built on a waterway and especially without a permit that structure must also be pulled down immediately and as ministry whatever support that they need to ensure that these are enforced, we are ever prepared to do so, he added. Meanwhile, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has
tasked the Works and Housing Ministry to take steps to address perennial flooding in parts of the country. The Otumfuo Asantehene expressed concern too about the indiscriminate dumping of waste into drains and all the construction on the waterways, which he cited as major causes of flooding. Whenever there is a downpour, there is flooding because the drains are choked. Some people
dump indiscriminately into the drains and the water is not able to flow freely. It was in the era of Busia that he initiated the construction of sewage systems, but that has not been continued by the successive governments and if we don’t find a permanent solution to the flooding situation, the roads we construct will also continue to deteriorate.