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Desist from Reclassifying Wetlands for Residential Areas – Institution of Engineering and Technology warns

Desist from Reclassifying Wetlands for Residential Areas – Institution of Engineering and Technology warns

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Ghana has warn the Spatial Planning Department at various assemblies against the reclassification of wetlands as residential areas for people.

The warning follows the delay by the assemblies to carry out the President’s directive on the removal of illegal structures in waterways.

Ing Henry Kwadwo Boateng, President of the Institution of Engineering called on the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to effect the recent order to remove all illegal structures from waterways.

 “My few checks have revealed that none of the Assemblies have made any move to implement the order and it is very sad that a whole President of the Republic will go down to give a directive and the MMDAs won’t obey the order,” he said  

Ing Boateng said, it is disappointing that several weeks after the President’s order, the MMDAs are yet to implement it.

 He was of the view that the Ministry of Local Government, the Local Government Services and the Regional Coordinating Council must all ensure that the MMDAs implement the order.

He dared that “If any Assembly says they have gone to these areas to even mark the place for demolition, they should come out and tell us.”

Ing.  Kwadwo Boateng also went on to say that if the illegal structures are not pulled down, it will be very difficult for the Ministry of Works and Housing to construct the storm drains in their quest to end the flooding menace.

“The President should crack the whip on every MMDCE who is yet to implement his orders. This will put them on their toes,” he said.

He also bemoaned the lack of proper planning in Accra which has led to constructions at illegal locations.

“These people who have built in water ways, the MMDAs know them. You dare not go there if you are an engineer. You can’t blame them for that. That is why the MMDAs should rather lead that effort and pull those structures down,” he stressed.

He also expressed worry over the indiscriminate dumping of waste in storm drains by some Ghanaians.

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