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Slums: Nima in dire need of Housing and Sanitation attention - resident

Slums: Nima in dire need of Housing and Sanitation attention - resident

Nima is one of the largest slum communities in Accra and a home to most migrants from rural parts of the country in search of greener pastures in the capital, Accra. With inadequate infrastructure, the overcrowded and sinking in filth slum is in dire need of key social amenities and attention.

Bismarck Ackon, who has been residing in Nima with his father for 13 years, has indicated that “Nima is a Zongo area and if you find yourself here you have to adapt to the life of Zongo. I do not feel comfortable living in Nima, so I hope to leave this community in the future after I complete my tertiary education.” 

“Most houses don’t have proper washrooms and toilet facilities and as a result end up defecating in the drainages. Littering, both in and outside the drainage systems, is very rampant in this community,” says Bismarck.

The residents don’t know that whatever they deposit in the gutters ends up at someone’s door, he educated.

The community has no proper layout with routes paraded with young men and women doing immoral acts like smoking marijuana and riding carelessness on the roads. They do this without recourse to the law and the effect their actions have on young children within the community. Bismarck, who is a student feels bad for the behaviour of some of the youth in the community and hopes that something should be done about it.

Residents of Nima are from different ethnic and religious backgrounds but, most of them are Moslems. Bismarck’s predicament is not an isolated case. Young girls in Nima are most vulnerable, and many of them drop out of school because of teenage pregnancy and the inability of their parents to sponsor their education. 

“When you tell them to come out and clean up the environment, it becomes an issue, so I clean only my space,” says Amama Bashiru.

She added that the attitude of the people living here is much of a concern, “when you clean up the gutters neatly, they come back in the evening to dump rubbish into the gutters, and this makes water in the drainage difficult to move.

Gilbert Ankrah, the Public Relations Officer for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, indicated that people’s conduct contributes so much to the flooding situation in the country. In responding to the Assembly’s preparedness towards this year’s rains, he said, “measures are in place, so we do not expect much flooding this year.” 

He was quick to add that the Assembly is doing its part so should the people if we want to achieve a collective result.

 

Source: Abdul-Razak Mohammed (Real Estate Times Africa)

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