Ghana:City Authorities demolish structures as part of flood preparedness Ghana:City Authorities demolish structures as part of flood preparedness
City Authorities of Ghana’s Capital ,the  Accra Metropolitan Assembly,AMA,will from Wednesday March 22,2017 commence demolishing exercise aim at pulling down unauthorized structures sited on... Ghana:City Authorities demolish structures as part of flood preparedness

City Authorities of Ghana’s Capital ,the  Accra Metropolitan Assembly,AMA,will from Wednesday March 22,2017 commence demolishing exercise aim at pulling down unauthorized structures sited on government reserved lands mostly water ways as part of preparedness to mitigate flooding this year.

In a statement issued by the Public Relation Officer of AMA,Numo Brafo, explained that ” the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) wishes to remind the general public especially all those who are putting up structures on government reserved lands such as along the Odaw River, Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama, the East Legon Green Belt, Mensah Guinea, Railway Station (around circle VIP Terminal), the stretch from Avenor to the Sikkens Bridge, Agbogloshie ,Glefe and Chemunaa where structures were removed last year and left fallow to enhance the ongoing dredging project to remove them immediately”

Dredging of the silted Odaw River which overflew its banks by the slightest rains ,is a part of recommendation by committee instituted by government to investigate the flood and fire disaster on  June 3,2015 which claimed 153 lives.Several Persons die while  properties damages are damaged in annual flood which occurs during the rainy season  ,mainly June to July.

Bellow is the Statement issued.

PRESS RELEASE

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) wishes to remind the general public especially all those who are putting up structures on government reserved lands such as along the Odaw River, Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama, the East Legon Green Belt, Mensah Guinea, Railway Station (around circle VIP Terminal), the stretch from Avenor to the Sikkens Bridge, Agbogloshie ,Glefe and Chemunaa where structures were removed last year and left fallow to enhance the ongoing dredging project to remove them immediately.

Furthermore, hawkers who have turned footbridges and the under-pass of over-head bridges into trading points are to stop these activities now. All those who are selling on pavements and roads in the Metropolis are being reminded that their activities are contrary to AMA Street Hawking bye-laws 2011. While those hawking in the middle of the road are breaking the above mentioned bye-laws as well as the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2008(Act 761) Section 29(2).

All are again being reminded that it is an offence to dispose of refuse, especially e-waste in water ways.

In addition, the unauthorized parking of vehicles on pavements and roads especially by mechanical shops and car garage owners are to desist from such practices and remove all vehicles either on repairs or abandoned from the shoulders of roads. AMA officials will clamp and tow such vehicles and surcharge the offenders for the cost of removal.

Finally, removal of such structures shall commence from WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 2017 and they should know that constructing without permit is an offence punishable by law.

NUMO BLAFO III HEAD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

source:enaghana

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