The Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Mahama Ayariga is expected to meet all relevant stakeholders today [Monday] to discuss development plan for the capital, Accra.
According to him said some of the plans which were developed within the last decade some as far back as 1991, to outline all the drainage issues area have not been implemented.
[contextly_sidebar id=”KUy7bV4JkFFhpm4aQk82MjQbgErdpZze”]”I have actually requested a meeting on Monday afternoon with all the other sector Ministries and agencies and our development partners because if you look at the plan, almost everybody has a role to play to make the plan work. It’s not just the city authorities,” Mahama Ayariga said on The Big Issue on Saturday.
The Minister expressed optimism that the meeting would help find lasting solutions to the city’s flooding problems.
Among the invited officials are members of the Town and Country Planning, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the planning officers at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Town and Country Planning Department under the Ministry of Environment.
Ayariga revealed that following an initial meeting with the planners, they had attributed the nation’s perennial problems after heavy rainfall to the poor planning in Accra.
‘We have failed’
A somber-looking Ayariga acknowledged that government and other public officers the failure of leadership to effectively implement developmental plans and effectively manage the use of the land resource has contributed to recent disasters in the country including Wednesday’s.
“We have failed to implement plans, we have failed to update existing plans, we have failed to manage land use properly in our cities and so when you fail in this regard, these are some of the consequences that will be visited on us.”
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana