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MMDAs, public directed to move from buffer areas

To mitigate the impact of flooding, the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) has directed all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to move all authorized structures from buffers, especially within the Greater Accra Region.

MMDAs are also cautioned to adhere to their mandate of ensuring proper planning in their various jurisdictions to mitigate flooding.

These directives were issued on behalf of the Government Representative of the Ministry, Hon Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah who explained that by law, District Assemblies have the responsibility to ensure drains and gutters were de-silted.

In expressing the Ministry’s displeasure, he noted that buffers protect drains that are constructed to minimise flooding during rainy seasons, however, some sections of society illegally encroach these buffers and this hastens the flooding processes since their activities serve as obstructions to the waters that come as a result exacerbating the impact of the flooding.

He said the Ministry is aware some of the encroachments may be illegal, it is however, also aware that some of the encroachers have documents and leases from various Assemblies, this means that the Assemblies know of their presence in these unauthorised areas and have rather empowered the encroachers in this regard.

Speaking at a press briefing, Hon. Korsah indicated that the Ministry has observed with serious concern the non-performance of some Assemblies and called on the media to collaborate with the Ministry to educate the Public.

The media engagement was to send a signal and directive to those who have illegally built along the buffer areas and Assemblies who issue permits or leases for unauthorized structures serving as obstruction to planning processes and cause flooding to desist from such acts.

Also, Assemblies must ensure that such structures and properties are moved since they will be held accountable by the Ministry if such structures are found in unauthorized places.

The rains are about to start, all Assemblies are to desilt chocked gutters as funds have been disbursed to 17 beneficiary Municipal Assemblies under the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project.


Source:     Ernest Tweneboah Koduah
                 (Public Relations Unit, MLGDRD)


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